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Technology
1/ The crypto education thread: I get asked constantly for educational resources and it's tough - have to follow a "spiral", circling around the fields that contribute to cryptocurrency understanding, with each gradually making more sense relative to your knowledge of the others.
2/ Here's a a very high level overview of some topics: …ocurrencyinvestor.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/bt-edu…. The Satoshi whitepaper is a great start: bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
3/ @lopp provided a wealth of resources on Bitcoin and the game theory, cryptographic, and compsci backbones of cryptocurrency. lopp.net/bitcoin.html
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Selamat malam selamat datang di #MataNajwa, saya @NajwaShihab, tuan rumah #MataNajwaRepublikDigital
Sejarah tak mengenal kata jeda, waktu bergerak tanpa mau ditunda #MataNajwaRepublikDigital
Apalagi di zaman yang serba digital, yang lambat rentan untuk terpental #MataNajwaRepublikDigital
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1) It’s coffee time.
Lots to cover today.
#Shavuot
Sunday, May 20, 2018.
#pedogate
I took and posted this photo last Friday, May 18, 2018. Caption was about saving children’s holy souls from perverts. At the time I did not see it - literally the face of a child in the clouds.

God is responding to our prayers.

facebook.com/dossyblumentha…
(That was 2)
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Science and Space
1. Texas Lt Gov Dan Patrick wants to arm teachers, says they are part of the "well-run" militia.

As someone who wrote an 800+ page dissertation on the historical militia, killing many trees, I would like to respond.

The short answer is no. The *longer*

huffingtonpost.com/entry/texas-lt…
2. answer is this. Due to federal law, the militia in Texas and every other state is divided into two classes: organized and unorganized. The organized militia is the National Guard. The unorganized militia is a statutory nominal manpower pool that was made obsolete by the
3. draft. Moreover, the whole purpose of the unorganized militia was to *do nothing*, because it was created in response to opposition to the militia (I explain this at some length in this thread: ). So, there are undoubtedly some teachers in Texas who
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I see a lot of men in their feels over this latest example of toxic masculinity. Specifically, men really want someone to acknowledge how rough it is to be rejected by women. Let’s talk about it a little.
A while back I wrote an extensive thread about this in the context of street harassment. It’s important to accept this fact. EVERYBODY understands how men take rejection. It’s not a mystery.
It’s something men learn from very young. We are *taught* that being rejected by a woman is the worst thing that can happen to us. It’s something that we are made to experience as a rejection of our very identity. Of course it’s highly damaging to our sense of self.
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Jordan Peterson wouldn't dare do that in MY HOUSE. Mycology is an alternate reality where gender binary isn't even possible, all fungi are gender-fluid, we can't even SAY "male" or "female." Tetra-polar mating systems. 36,000 genders...
Aspergillus nidulans is homothallic. Experienced mother cells (having divided at least once) swap genders with each cell division. Selfing involves activation of the same mating pathways characteristic of sex in outcrossing species.
A single individual experiences a different gender every few minutes? Not merely switching back and forth, but orbiting a matrix-space of gender options with every cell division? Where is his vaunted heirarchy in all this?
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Culture and Books
Today in pulp: a few bits of trivia...

For example: writer Mark Twain invented the bra strap in 1871.
Author Franz Kafka often visited nudist camps but refused to remove his trousers. He was thus known as ‘The Swimming Trunks Man’.
Isaac Asimov is the only author to have published books in nine out of the ten Dewey library categories.
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1/ The crypto education thread: I get asked constantly for educational resources and it's tough - have to follow a "spiral", circling around the fields that contribute to cryptocurrency understanding, with each gradually making more sense relative to your knowledge of the others.
2/ Here's a a very high level overview of some topics: …ocurrencyinvestor.files.wordpress.com/2018/05/bt-edu…. The Satoshi whitepaper is a great start: bitcoin.org/bitcoin.pdf
3/ @lopp provided a wealth of resources on Bitcoin and the game theory, cryptographic, and compsci backbones of cryptocurrency. lopp.net/bitcoin.html
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1) This is a thread on this idea that ‘we should teach all students in every discipline to think like scientists.’ Please share this widely, because this is absolutely crucial, and speaks to a pernicious misunderstanding. scientificamerican.com/article/we-sho…
2) I agree with just about every word in this article. It’s just that the framing is wrong, and kidnaps the core mode of analysis in humanistic disciplines and calls it ‘thinking like a scientist.’ For example, the crux of the argument:
3) Being inquisitive, weighing the quality and ideological bent of evidence, and changing our minds according to the evidence is not ‘thinking like a scientist.’ It’s the *core* method of humanistic study. It may also be as important to science, but it doesn’t belong to science.
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Politics
An extremely important thread by Tracy that should conclusively lay to rest the Trump-Russia narrative.
There was deliberate obfuscation of data to enable the telling of a false narrative. A republican, John McCain was pivotal in the dissemination of this information.
2. The Trump-Russia Dossier was birthed by Christopher Steele under the aegis of FusionGPS via Perkins Coie and DNC. John McCain received the dossier via his man Friday David Kramer. In the recently released documents by the senate we became privy to another document.
3. This document (which tracy called the December Dossier, but that confused the hell out of me, so I will not refer to it again) is a memo that originated in December of 2016.
It based its allegations on Michael Cohen being in Prague and making cash payments to Russian hackers.
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Q posted pics fm NSA-monitored(?) traffic cameras in London. Orig pic posted on 2 Feb. Difference btwn then & now is 6 individuals seen in new pics crossing the street. Participants in Crossfire Hurricane? UK can't spy on its citizens but US can & share intel via FVEY agreement.
2. After @realDonaldTrump's morning tweets re: Witch Hunt going WW & HRC crimes being ignored, most recent tweets states POTUS will officially demand DoJ look into FBI/DOJ spying on Trump campaign. Yesterday's "FTP" (Follow the Pen) pic is of signed EO to be published tomorrow!
3. Anon posted screenshot of last Q drop fm /patriotsfight/. Now that Q has given undeniable proof they are inside source via pen pic/signed EO PRIOR to today's tweet by @realDonaldTrump re: officially demanding investigation TOMORROW, expect MSM [Clown Army} + others to attack.
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This guy read my Russia thread and decided I was a Russian stooge. I’m not even sure what that means, exactly, but whatever. Let’s look at some statistics for Russia and see if the claim that Putin has improved things since the 90’s holds up to actual data.
The World Bank gathers data annually for every country in the world that tracks data. Here’s the data for Russia. data.worldbank.org/country/russia…
Let’s look at some interesting numbers. CO2 metric tons per capita: 1992 13.98 1998 10.127 (makes sense since the economy was collapsing 2014 11.58 So, CO2 emissions have been reduced What about GDP? That’s a good measure of a country’s economy.
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