Weird Substances: Hagfish Slime
In the cold, dark recesses of ocean floors around the world, hagfish slither around like sea snakes, searching for food. When a hagfish finds a suitable carcass, it devours the dead fish in two different ways. As it burro… https://hackaday.com/2019/12/10/weird-substances-hagfish-slime/
Original tweet : https://twitter.com/hackaday/status/1204462925383176196
Harry potter + white supremacy.
The thing is just by putting the very significant difference between wizards and muggles as something so real is embracing the white supremacists lie about race. Race isn't existent and discovered, race is created. It's software white people installed in their brains and anyone else they could to justify their crimes. So anybody who wants to write an "anti-racism" thing in a setting where race is real (looking at you DnD) is broken from the start
Apropos of nothing, logistic support for a houseless camp is functionally indistinguishable from logistic support for a revolutionary guerilla force. For the guerilla, bombs and bullets are easy but clean water, food, shelter, and sanitation are tremendous challenges.
I would never saying that you should support houseless camps as a way to prepare for a protracted war against reactionary forces. However, being prepared for bad things is a nice side effect of being a good human.
So let's see, the military lies at all levels as it loses a war and soldiers commit war crimes. Where have I heard this before? So familiar...
"...Washington wasted [$1 trillion dollars] trying to remake Afghanistan into a modern nation." Which it was, before the CIA created Al Queda, build up the opium trade, and sunk it in to years of war.
The nativity scene at Claremont United Methodist church.
HT Rev. Karen Clark Ristine.
Church nativity scene puts the holy family in cages, because that's how America deals with asylum-seekers like Christ
Of course, after a tiny amount of research, I discover that democracy existed for hundreds of years before the Athenians "invented" it.
When the first states emerged in Mesopotamia, they were actually relatively democratic in nature, where councils of both elders and young men (not women, who were the first victims of state oppression) were consulted on matters of importance to the state. It was over time that more and more power was hoarded away by central figures in the state hierarchy, ultimately culminating in the foundation of the first empire by the Akkadians.
There was also evidence of democracy within the stateless and egalitarian Indus Valley Civilization, as well as the early Indian republics that succeeded it. Indeed, when Alexander of Macedon arrived in the subcontinent, he remarked about how the local republics functioned similarly to the long-dead Athenian democracy.
pol, existential threat, rambling thread
1. corporations are a form of AI, and are the dominant form of life on this planet
this one seems self-evident, but if you need some help putting the pieces together, this piece by Charles Stross might help: http://www.antipope.org/charlie/blog-static/2018/01/dude-you-broke-the-future.html ... or you could just watch the 1988 classic film "They Live".
in any case, while there do exist corporations which can peacefully coexist with humans, most of what passes for peaceful coexistence these days is either accidental or due to humans regulating corporations. regulatory capture is making the latter less and less common.
Racial bias in healthcare AI
> Senators want answers about algorithms that provide black patients less healthcare
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