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Technology
Happy to oblige! The biggest reason that a few frameworks dominate the landscape is probably straightforward inertia. Most devs (those of use who chat about this stuff on Twitter are NOT representative) don't want to investigate and learn alternatives; they have better things 1/
to do, and engineering PMs aren't picking the 'best' technology, they're picking the safe one that means they'll be able to hire some poor sap to maintain everything a couple of years down the line. Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM. These dynamics favour incumbents. 2/
So does the cacophony of options. Why do tech meetups always serve pepperoni pizza, even though almost no-one would actually *choose* it given alternatives? Because it's something that very few people will object to. It gets the job done — it's 'good enough'. 3/
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Today's doodle on Google features Georges Henri Joseph Édouard q. A Priest, a physicist, and an astronomer.

A furthered our understanding of the universe. He applied Einstein's theory of general relativity. His ideas on the expansion of the universe preceded Hubble.
Effectively he contributed significantly to the idea that the universe began to exist. A theory which we now know as the Big Bang.

He saw no conflict in his theology and his science. The man was religiously commited and found harmony in his beliefs.
Today there is a strange attack on theists. We get blamed for not being objective, for being less educated, for not progressing in science and technology.

Yet here we have a fine example of a deeply religious figure establishing one of physics most influential discoveries.
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1/ to understand a city, try to find its economic core. This likely explains what is unique about that city.

I will give you some examples that I am familiar with:
2/ Miami makes money out of excess capital coming mostly from the northeast in the US and from third world countries. Both monies are looking for comfort. The business of that city is to sell comfort (and its cousins, luxury, and safety)
3/ The San Francisco Bay Area makes money by taking high-risk bets that information & communication technology can create new industries & disrupt old ones.

In a sense, this is the continuation of the gold rush, looking for outsized returns & taking in a ton of risk to get it
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Science and Space
Happy to oblige! The biggest reason that a few frameworks dominate the landscape is probably straightforward inertia. Most devs (those of use who chat about this stuff on Twitter are NOT representative) don't want to investigate and learn alternatives; they have better things 1/
to do, and engineering PMs aren't picking the 'best' technology, they're picking the safe one that means they'll be able to hire some poor sap to maintain everything a couple of years down the line. Nobody ever got fired for buying IBM. These dynamics favour incumbents. 2/
So does the cacophony of options. Why do tech meetups always serve pepperoni pizza, even though almost no-one would actually *choose* it given alternatives? Because it's something that very few people will object to. It gets the job done — it's 'good enough'. 3/
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Today's doodle on Google features Georges Henri Joseph Édouard q. A Priest, a physicist, and an astronomer.

A furthered our understanding of the universe. He applied Einstein's theory of general relativity. His ideas on the expansion of the universe preceded Hubble.
Effectively he contributed significantly to the idea that the universe began to exist. A theory which we now know as the Big Bang.

He saw no conflict in his theology and his science. The man was religiously commited and found harmony in his beliefs.
Today there is a strange attack on theists. We get blamed for not being objective, for being less educated, for not progressing in science and technology.

Yet here we have a fine example of a deeply religious figure establishing one of physics most influential discoveries.
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Are you now or have you ever been on a board of directors?
If you are now or have ever been on a board, why do you do it?
When you go to your board meetings, do you ever look around the room and think about who isn't there?
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Culture and Books
[Analytical & Intelligence Comments] Mossad ran 9/11 Arab "hijacker"
terrorist

Mossad ran 9/11 Arab "hijacker" terrorist operation

By Wayne Madsen
British intelligence reported in February 2002 that the Israeli Mossad ran
the Arab hijacker cells that were later blamed by the U.S. government's 9/11
Commission for carrying out the aerial attacks on the World Trade Center and
Pentagon.
WMR has received details of the British intelligence report which
was suppressed by the government of then-Prime Minister Tony Blair.
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(thread) Making of America

I woke up on Nov. 9, 2016 to discover it was 1828—the year Andrew Jackson (white supremacist, dangerous demagogue, defender of slavery)—won the presidency against a brainy super-qualified policy wonk & former secretary of state.
2/ Plenty of people despised Jackson's racism. Given the all white male electorate, though, most of them couldn't vote. Of those who could, a small but vocal minority loathed his racism and treatment of Native Americans and were appalled that so many people could vote for him.
3/ I picked myself up on Nov. 10th with a purpose: combat ignorance with education.

I was in the early stages of researching and writing a series of biographies for young readers, tracing American Constitutional history.
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1/ to understand a city, try to find its economic core. This likely explains what is unique about that city.

I will give you some examples that I am familiar with:
2/ Miami makes money out of excess capital coming mostly from the northeast in the US and from third world countries. Both monies are looking for comfort. The business of that city is to sell comfort (and its cousins, luxury, and safety)
3/ The San Francisco Bay Area makes money by taking high-risk bets that information & communication technology can create new industries & disrupt old ones.

In a sense, this is the continuation of the gold rush, looking for outsized returns & taking in a ton of risk to get it
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Politics
1. Before I started the Editorial Board, I wrote a (somewhat) controversial piece for the Washington Monthly arguing that the Democrats should unite the country against Russia. washingtonmonthly.com/2018/01/31/dem…
2. I said majority opposition to an enemy that attacked our national sovereignty would help mitigate the toxic polarization dividing the nation as well as remind Americans what they are not: willing patsies to an authoritarian mafia state.
3, In the years after the terrorist attacks of Sept. 11, the Republican Party had made partisanship and patriotism virtually synonymous in the minds of many Americans. But it was clear to me it permanently lost its way after Russian flags were seen waving at the 2016 RNC.
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This is a fascinating article pointed out by Rex in his thread that I just retweeted. bloomberg.com/news/articles/…
“President Donald Trump gave the go-ahead to announce new Russian election-hacking indictments before his meeting with Vladimir Putin rather than after -- in the hopes it would strengthen his hand in the talks, according to accounts from people familiar with the decision.”
Boom. Now all the people screaming that Rosenstein did this to embarrass Trump before the summit will have to scream that this is #FakeNews. (What other choice do they have?)
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#unhackthevote

BOOM!
More than 250 Trump Organization Subdomains are in Communication with Computers in Russia!!

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The Trump Organization, like most large organizations, has a lot of domains registered to it. Let's take a look.
Many of these domains have subdomains - like reservations.trumphotels.com. This is a normal practice. But we found something HIGHLY unusual.
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