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Techmology and Scientism / Nigel's Personality Disorder Thread
« on: March 08, 2014, 03:02:55 pm »
Don't mind me, I'm just collecting links.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Oh, hand model lady
« on: March 06, 2014, 05:40:36 pm »
I'm sure you've seen the creepy hand model lady interview. Here's even more with her:

So, if someone came to you and was like, "Hey, here's this job where you can make a lot of money without very much work, but the trade off is that YOU NEVER GET TO DO ANYTHING FUN EVER AGAIN", would you even consider it?

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / THUG
« on: March 05, 2014, 03:25:15 am »
I just today realized that I have an issue with the word "thug". Even though the lady who used it on my FB page tonight wasn't referring specifically to black people, and was in fact talking about insular, ignorant, and often poor/rural people, I totally just had that gut reaction that you get when people say "porch monkey" (though I have to confess, I was sheltered enough that I didn't know what that term meant until I was 18).

Now, FB lady is seriously one of the nicest people on earth. I mean, she would never, ever, EVER say the word "thug" in a way that intended any racial connotations. And she's older, so for her, if it DID have racial connotations, it would be way more appropriate for Dimo to be offended that me (that cultural context thing is something those Tumblr twits would do well to gain a grasp on). So there is no way I'm going to say anything to her about it, because it just wouldn't be appropriate. And, of course, the etymological origins lie far away from this continent, in India, so it certainly has nothing to do with the deep history of the word.

So I'm just here, ruminating, and wondering what it means that I have a gut reaction to this word, and whether it is at least partly because of a larger shift in the cultural context of the way it's used.



The post by Maine People’s Alliance activist Mike Tipping mined press clippings to unearth several offensive comments. In one, Lockman implied that HIV and AIDS could be spread by bed sheets and mosquitoes. In another, he said that the progressive movement assisted the AIDS epidemic by assuring “the public that the practice of sodomy is a legitimate alternative lifestyle, rather than a perverted and depraved crime against humanity.” In a 1995 letter in the Sun Journal in Lewiston, a reader quoted a press statement by Lockman, then part of the Pro Life Education Association, saying, “If a woman has (the right to an abortion), why shouldn’t a man be free to use his superior strength to force himself on a woman? At least the rapist’s pursuit of sexual freedom doesn’t (in most cases) result in anyone’s death.”

I have to watch and comment on three commercials for a homework assignment. I don't have tv reception, so the only time I ever see commercials is when I'm at a bar. I have no idea what's out there. Can you guys suggest commercials for me to comment on?

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / OMG WOW
« on: February 25, 2014, 07:40:12 pm »
It's like Timecube Guy part II!

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / ATTN: RICHTER
« on: February 17, 2014, 01:58:14 am »

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Internet loneliness
« on: February 12, 2014, 08:34:57 am »
So I am wondering if this is just a me thing, or if this is more of a universal thing: is anyone else experiencing a sort of "internet loneliness", where internet-based personal interactions seem to be decreasing?   

The awesome blogger I posted here before has a new blog up, and it's an especially interesting one that hit home pretty heavy for me, if anyone's interested:

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / THE TRUTH ABOUT TGRR
« on: January 31, 2014, 04:39:18 pm »
The Truth About The Good Reverend Roger and The Pentagon

Have you ever noticed that The Good Reverend Roger has “no position” on important issues like chemtrails, vaccines causing cholera in children, and bigfoot sightings? Isn't it strange that someone would “fail” to have positions about all of these things? That's because they profit from these evils-- which is part of the reason why these evils continue to exist.

Amateur radio enthusiasts know that if you spend longer than a few minutes on the Pentagon's frequencies, you'll hear cryptic messages that confirm some sort of massive research initiative focused on spreading cholera.

Outspoken journalists researching this matter have been repeatedly silenced by libel lawsuits.

The Pentagon has been secretly exploring possible applications of arsenic for government profit.

We've taken a big risk to post this information on the internet-- many others have seen their careers destroyed for doing much less.

If you think Monsanto is what they claim, think again: in 2008, the night before the government bailout, the Pentagon accepted over $150 million in donations from Monsanto.

Perhaps tellingly, several diplomats were barred from the country for agreeing with these claims.

The time for action is now. If upstanding citizens finally hold these people accountable, we can change the world for the better.

Barro, Robert J. "Are government bonds net wealth?." The Journal of Political Economy 82.6 (1974): 1095-1117.
Castleman, Barry I., and Grace E. Ziem. "Corporate influence on threshold limit values." American Journal of Industrial Medicine 13.5 (2007): 531-559.

The Richard Nixon school of ballet and the arts / Facebook Discordians
« on: January 25, 2014, 07:14:45 pm »
So, some of the fucktards on Facebook decided that because they didn't like Zach's trolling in the group, that they would take things IRL by harassing his business page, which reflects his livelihood and interacts with clients. Not shitting you.  :kingmeh:



Paradoxically the hottest fields, with the most people pursuing the same questions, are most prone to error, Dr. Ioannidis argued. If one of five competing labs is alone in finding an effect, that result is the one likely to be published. But there is a four in five chance that it is wrong. Papers reporting negative conclusions are more easily ignored.

Putting all of this together, Dr. Ioannidis devised a mathematical model supporting the conclusion that most published findings are probably incorrect.

Other scientists have questioned whether his methodology was skewed by his own biases. But the same year he published another blockbuster, examining more than a decade’s worth of highly regarded papers — the effect of a daily aspirin on cardiac disease, for example, or the risks of hormone replacement therapy for older women. He found that a large proportion of the conclusions were undermined or contradicted by later studies.

His work was just the beginning. Concern about the problem has reached the point that the journal Nature has assembled an archive, filled with reports and analyses, called Challenges in Irreproducible Research.

Among them is a paper in which C. Glenn Begley, who is chief scientific officer at TetraLogic Pharmaceuticals, described an experience he had while at Amgen, another drug company. He and his colleagues could not replicate 47 of 53 landmark papers about cancer. Some of the results could not be reproduced even with the help of the original scientists working in their own labs.

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