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Tuesday, September 08, 2020

Links - 8th September 2020 (2)

Noah Efron - "I have been nominated to post 180 Sumero-Akkadian cuneiform tablets that profoundly influenced me, at any point in my life. One each day, for 180 days. I was instructed to post each tablet without explanation."

Bzigo uses AI and a laser pointer to detect mosquitoes in your home - "Bzigo wants to make it easier for you to zap mosquitoes in your home. The U.S. and Israel-based startup combines artificial intelligence with a laser pointer and camera to autonomously track any mosquito inside your home... In the future, Bzigo plans to create anti-mosquito technology in the form of micro-drones that will eliminate mosquitoes autonomously and return to the base for recharging after carrying out their mission."

Lou on Twitter - "Interior design is my passion *Woman suspended from ceiling on lights, woman as furniture*"

@rezagt500eleanor - 🤣🤣🤣🤣 - "If your girlfriend visits you during lockdown. Don't marry her. If the government can't control her, what chance do you have?"

Meme - "DUCKFACE Started From Something"

A New Radical Centrism on Twitter - "Perhaps after reading the NYT's attack on white people who jog yesterday, you're considering a form of exercise that's less racistly racist. Why not take up hiking? It gets you outside, gets the heart rate goi... Wait, what's this?"
Daniel Povey on Twitter - "It's strange to me how white people don't see that it's odd that they are writing articles about the "unbearable whiteness of hiking", like being white is a crime. I can't find a historical parallel of an apparently dominant group being so eager to apologize for itself."
Related comments: "Better living through healthful pursuits is racist, clearly." "Being health conscious is, in and of itself, deeply racist."
"There have also been several articles since the great Awokening about how rock climbing, indoor and outdoor, is racist"

Meme - "Chloe, 19 Picture this. You log onto tinder, see a decent girl, a at best. Unsure whether to swipe right but you read her bio. You like it, it's captivating. Fuck it, you swipe right. BOOM. You match. You start Conversations are engaging. She listens, she cares, she's genuine. You bring her home for the holidays, your family love her. A couple years pass and you get married You found the love of your life on this app Cool story?
It's not going to happen, but I'll do anal"

Man blind for 20 years 'regains sight' after being hit by car at zebra crossing - "Janusz Goraj was able to see properly two weeks after the traffic accident after suffering from an allergic reaction that damaged the retina in his right eye while his other eye only registered shapes and light... Goraj, from the city of Gorzow Wielkopolski, suffered from an allergic reaction that damaged the retina in his right eye while his other eye only registered shapes and light."

I almost died! I found my mom's new "USB hub" sitting on her desk. *picture*

Wife told her husband she was attending a party at her boss's place. Husband asks her to send a picture of the food, she did. NSFW : HolUp

Cory Clark on Twitter - "People with higher cognitive ability are more supportive of free speech, more opposed to censorship, and more in favor of allowing individuals to teach from various social groups/ideologies, a pattern which has been consistent since at least the mid 1970s"
"And those with doctorates in Gender Studies and the like? In theory they're very educated but they tend to promote cancel culture and deplatforming."
"I feel confident that having a doctorate in gender studies does not correlate with “higher cognitive ability” in any way, shape, form, or fashion."
"One mechanism seems to be though intellectual humility (their rationale below) - they find that intellectual humility mediates the link between cog ability and support for free speech in their Study 3."

Remz Tolentino - "me: they probably use green screens for news programs
mbc news: bitch, u thought
pcr: Nguyen Viet Trung"

BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Loss - "‘Let's imagine a workplace where workers enjoyed a well paid job for life, one where they could start their day with a pint of stout and a smoke and enjoy free meals in silver service canteens and restaurants. Imagine working in a building designed by an internationally renowned architect, spending your break exploring acres of parkland planted with hundreds of trees and thousands of shrubs and spending your evenings with a company theatre group or playing one of 30 sports. Imagine a place where the end of a working life you could enjoy a company pension without having to pay a penny. And that is the precise imaginative exercise recommended by Tim Strangelman, the author of voices of Guinness an oral history of West London's Park Royal Brewery. And it's an imaginative exercise with its roots firmly in reality, for it is no more or less than an accurate account of the working conditions enjoyed by employees at that West London Guinness brewery, from the 1930s to the 1980s’...
'In some ways you don't realize what you've lost until you've lost it. And I think many of the oral histories I undertook, they really uncover a sort of sense of people remembering a more gentler, more benign form of capitalism.'...
‘Right from the get go after the war, they're attempting to build what they call industrial citizenship amongst their workforce or Guinness citizenship. And they realized that people coming back into the brewery after the Second World War through the army and then national service being demobbed and what have you, they have to kind of reintegrate. So it's almost as if they're kind of sociologists, almost. They understand that you need to build the social. So they do this through various things, through clubs and societies, gardening clubs, sports was a huge thing there. There was something like 30 or 40 sports practiced at Park Royal, there was two theatre groups. It was actually trying to allow them to be the best versions of themselves. What they were trying to do is expand people's horizons. All the workers got three course meal every day if they wanted it, daily beer allowance… at least a couple of pints and it was a stronger, stronger brew… Guiness were very unusual because they recognized trade unions before all the other major London brewers did and in fact, Guinness was heavily criticized by the other brewers certainly in London for being so pro trade union. And again, it was a reflection of a kind of a very advanced paternalism’...
‘Despite all I have achieved and gained and all that I have in my life, recovery from anorexia still feels like living with a hole inside of me. A sense that something is missing. It also involves living with a significant sense of loss and an awareness of no longer having the things that anorexia once provided. My eating disorder was a private, cotton wool padded world of my own creation, where I felt strangely safe, secure, untouchable.’
‘I've never sort of thought about anorexia in those terms. But I mean, here is someone saying that the disappearance of anorexia left them feeling empty, there was something that had disappeared suddenly, which had been permanent and solid and reliable and known.’
‘Yes, and this is very much tied up with self identity because I mean, conditions like that and other people talked in similar ways about careers that were very important to their self identity, having to give something up or to surrender. It can leave you with a feeling of loss as if something has been taken out of the core of you. You've lost something really vital to your sense of self definition.’"

BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Mixed-race families - "‘The mixed race population this country is growing. It's quite amazing. I mean, I read that round about 50% of black Caribbean men have partners, have white partners. The figure is just under a third for black women. It's, it's really striking quite how unremarkable mixed unions are now. And there's been quite a bit of psychological research looking at the identity of mixed race people who, for example, one parent who's white, another who's black, but you're interested in what happens when mixed race people have children of their own’…
‘Up to this point, all the research has been about mixed people who are children or adolescents, some in young adulthood, but they hadn't then looked at generational change. And this is a really important issue because we want to know to what extent, to the extent that most mixed race people, not just black white people in Britain, but other types of mixed race people partner with other white Britons. What happens for the generation down? Is it important to them to, that they transmit a minority ancestry? What does that one generational remove mean?… a lot of theories and categories and understandings about race are premised on this idea of, of, you know, not just being a single race, but also notions of intermarriage are premised upon the idea of some, you know, two distinct races. Coming together then to to form someone who's a mixed person. But all of those kinds of ideas and concepts start to break down I think when you look a further generation down, we don't have the conventions'...
‘Most of the people in this study, identified their children as mixed, including people whose children looked white.’"
So much for passing privilege

BBC Radio 4 - Thinking Allowed, Populism - "‘There's the nasty populist *Trump clip* Or, there's the Glastonbury hero *music festival clip?*’..."
‘You prefer to use the term populist rather than populism to characterize the contemporary political moment. An adjective rather than a verb. Why?’
‘It seems more useful because it draws attention to a certain style rather than a particular ideology. So populism is not an ideology anyone fights or dies for in the way that we have seen for socialism, communism, capitalism, and so on. It seems to be more a style of doing politics, which can be adopted by anyone anywhere on the political spectrum… we have to be mindful of the fact that there is a distinction between being populist and being popular, so you can be a perfectly institutional politician who respects institutions, comes through the ranks, gains power through democratic methods, and is immensely popular. Blair just after the 97 victory would be a good example, who's not a populist'"

BBC Radio Ulster - Everyday Ethics, Male Role Models and Ani Rinchen Khandro - "‘Do you believe there is a real issue here, why men decided against working with children, taking up these roles?’
‘Yeah, and I suppose already, that's why we organized the conference with the theme, celebrating boys, fathers and men in early childhood. Our organization represents over at 10,000 staff working in the early childhood sector. 30,000 parents, and invariably and as Nick said the percentage has remained at one to 2% for the last 10 years despite the fact that in other European countries, under their early childhood workforce development strategy, they've set targets. Norway, for example, now has 10% of men working in the early childhood field. And as Nick said, you know, the importance of this is having males as well as female role models for young children, and especially for boys who learn in a very different way from girls. And the evidence is suggesting that the feminization of the early childhood workforce is missing out on capturing the way young boys learn. Now we see this right into primary school as well. A lack of focus on whole body learning, kinesthetic movement, outdoor play. And, you know, some of the research, and I think we need more research on this issue, is suggesting that's why we're seeing boys not developing in the same way as young girls in the early years and in primary school.’...
‘Nowadays, it's not just that you need role models in schools, but a lot of the young children starting school, unfortunately, now, are not coming from a two parent family. And when that happens more often than not, there is not a male in the household. So these young boys are starting school and they've no experience of a positive male in their lives. And, and, at least, I mean, a teacher can't compensate for a parent but at least if you've got male, oh, a good mix of male and female teachers, they're saying that very positive behavior that they can model in the school and in the sports field. And, indeed, our schools now provide more social activities are seeing it in a social way as well.’...
‘Places like New Zealand have flipped the renumeration to ensure that those who work with young children are paid the most. And those who, who work at the university level in education are paid the least. And being, doing something structurally like that, you begin to create a workforce, an environment that is suitable for both men and women’"
No wonder New Zealand universities aren't that well regarded worldwide

A Genetically Informed Study of the Association Between Harsh Punishment and Offspring Behavioral Problems - "Conclusions about the effects of harsh parenting on children have been limited by research designs that cannot control for genetic or shared environmental confounds. The present study used a sample of children of twins and a hierarchical linear modeling statistical approach to analyze the consequences of varying levels of punishment while controlling for many confounding influences. The sample of 887 twin pairs and 2,554 children came from the Australian Twin Registry. Although corporal punishment per se did not have significant associations with negative childhood outcomes, harsher forms of physical punishment did appear to have specific and significant effects. The observed association between harsh physical punishment and negative outcomes in children survived a relatively rigorous test of its causal status, thereby increasing the authors’ conviction that harsh physical punishment is a serious risk factor for children."
Some anti-spanking guy (besides misrepresenting the literature I pointed to to debunk his claims) claimed that most cases of spanking were severe, so spanking was bad. But this study (besides replicating the other studies on spanking per se having no ill effects, found that of those who received punishment, 2/3 received mild punishment and 1/3 harsh. So the majority of spanking in the sample was not severe

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