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5 Jul 20
Watch UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno dismiss outright grad students' demands for basic sick leave during a global pandemic. We want sick leave now! Thread
#SickLeaveNow
This past Thursday, UH Mānoa Provost Michael Bruno ”answered questions” regarding the scheduled fall campus reopening. The entire two hour forum was a lot of Bruno congratulating himself and fellow administrators for a job well done, and very few real questions answered.
Things we did learn:
1. There is no formal mask mandate or policy. We are relying on “aloha.”
2. Housing will be at 70% of the usual capacity. Priority will be given to freshmen from off-island. There is no plan yet for those not offered housing.
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5 Jul 20
Today somebody circulated the list of most popular twitterati among the economists.

I took the top 101 by their number of followers. It displays extreme Pareto-like look that we find at the top of wealth distribution or if we look at earnings of the top 100 tennis players.
The graph below shows the Pareto line fitted on 101 top econ twitterati. Its slope is *super* steep, at -1.25. (Usual slopes at the top of income distribution are around -2.5 => thicker tail.)

The Gini among the 101 econ twitterati is 0.64. Image
The point is: here too we see the extreme concentration of values at the top, like in other heavily asymmetric distributions.

Or differently, twitter is no exception to pervasive inequality.

(If interested, the outlier at the very top is @paulkrugman).
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5 Jul 20
So with Hamilton being available to stream, there's been a good deal of discussion on here about how the musical (and be extension Chernow's biography) tries to dodge and/or whitewash slavery. Which both do. Don't @ me. But what's really bothered me about all this? (1/?)
2. So many folks barging into that discussion with the classic defense of the enslaver Founding Fathers. "They were men of their times," we're told. "Quit judging the past by the standards of the present!" they say. This line of reasoning is a Totalizing Fallacy. And it sucks.
3. It's a bad-faith argument which takes away agency. Things just *happened*. Oh well, it was the past. But the slaveholding Founding Fathers-who created a government that perpetuated, at the very least implicitly sanctioned, enslavement-were not the only "men of their times."
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5 Jul 20
💙⚡️*THE EVENT 2020 – OPERATION FREEDOM EARTH MOVES INTO ITS FINAL PHASE! *⚡️💙

“GREETINGS, GREAT BEINGS OF LIGHT!

ARE YOU READY FOR ANOTHER SUPER-GALACTIC WEEKEND?

CAN YOU FEEL THESE POWERFUL VIBRATIONS?
LIGHT CODES ARE BUZZING SUPER-HIGH AND STREAMING IN STRONG RIGHT NOW!
MAJOR INBOUND LIGHT FORCES TRANSMISSION UNDERWAY AS ETHERIC ENERGIES AROUND THE PLANET ARE EXPECTED TO ELEVATE TO A MAX-STATE OVER THE NEXT 72 HOURS!
👀⚡️💀⚡️👀
THE EARTH ALLIANCE REPORTS PLANETARY LIBERATION OPERATIONS HAVE NOW MOVED INTO A NEW PHASE AND AN EPOCH IN HUMAN EVOLUTION IS IN PROGRESS WHERE A MOVE TO PERSONAL SOVEREIGNTY IS STARTING TO TAKE PLACE ON A MASS COLLECTIVE LEVEL!
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5 Jul 20
We’ve been saying this since April. Most epidemiologists knew this was necessary even then. It’s a failure of political leadership; a failure of science communication; a failure of manufacturing; but, it is still more necessary than ever.
hbr.org/amp/2020/05/a-…
2/ This was our piece in @HarvardBiz published on on May 1st.

We had been writing this and iterating new versions since March.

And we kept landing on the same: better masks. ASAP. ImageImage
3/ We followed with a second piece this past June— same message, another month lost—> better masks. Without a vaccine, better masks are the most achievable way to substantially slow transmission and get us back into society.

hbr.org/2020/06/we-nee… Image
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5 Jul 20
I think I'm going to start up another of @TimHutchingsFTW's Thousand Year Old Vampire playthrough, because I had a lot of fun with the one I did for @gnomestew when I review the game. Time for an ongoing thread! #TYOVPlay
#TYOVPlay

We're starting in 1041. We're in Italy, in the Catepenata, watching the Byzantine troops fight the Normans. That Catepenata falls to the Normans. I am an orphan from Constantinople, here with my master.
#TYOVPlay

I am Romanus, squire to Callinicus. His friend, Lord Theophilus, is vile and cruel, but Callinicus grew up with him, and they are as brothers. Eulogia, Callinicus' wife is here with his household as well.
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5 Jul 20
1/3 Among other things, this means VDARE and all other patriot groups will be deprived of tax-deductible status. What else can it mean? 2 generations since Civil Rights Act and it's obviously failed.

latimes.com/politics/story…
2/3 We think could survive without tax-deductible status but it's very annoying when the entire Totalitarian Left has snout in federal trough. Give tax-deductibly while you can!
vdare.com/donate
3/3 "Systemic Racism is racism you can't prove exists but want to believe in anyway."
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5 Jul 20
White individuals commit crime all the time but white people aren’t subjected to racist policing.

So the idea that we, as Black people, have to resolve the issue of crime in order for us to live free of racist policing is RACIST. 1/
You’re saying I,

a tax-paying individual,

solely b/c I am racially Black,

have to find a solution to prevent crime that I’m not personally committing if I want to no longer experience the terror of racist policing in America? 🤔

Then we definitely don’t need police LOL 2/
The gov’t engineers the conditions of poverty thru its policies, chooses to fund the police & prison industry instead of improving quality of life which leads to an increase in crime & then says we have to solve the problems they created if we want cops to stop killing us. 💀3/3
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5 Jul 20
THE FAILED WOMAN
Where does the concept of the failed woman stem from? Society needs to redefine what failure is and women especially need to redefine success or failure while making decisions that put them first.
From the beginning of time society has groomed women to be & praises the good 'homemaker'. Homemakers are submissive women who support their husbands, take care of the home, raise good well behaved daughters who don't question their place & 'strong' sons to provide for the home.
It seems a fairly equitable separation of duties that men provide while a women keep homes & nurture kids. The irony of this however is that from the beginning of time men have always limited the 'Homemaker' to their homes while spending time at men only events & locations.
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5 Jul 20
Hamilton is a brilliant, Integral show, albeit with some troubling historical revisionism and slavery-erasure. The film, sadly, is a cinematically incompetent record of the show. 1/
For the show itself, ample critical analysis can be found. This from Smithsonian: smithsonianmag.com/history/issue-… And this one, with good links: slate.com/culture/2016/0… 2/
Director Thomas Kail is obviously a master when it comes to creating extraordinary theater. Sadly, his mastery does not extend into the realm of cinematic expression. #HamiltonFilm 3/
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5 Jul 20
(Thread)

We live in a 3D+time subset of an 11D universe.

That's relatively undisputed among Theoretical Physicists.

Why does our sub-space have life, when the 11D space doesn't?

What would an 11D entity look like in 3D+time? One man or an elephant?

Math says "BOTH".
Imagine trying to explain Many-to-Few algebraic Mapping concepts to Stone Age cultures.

Algebra is more than ratios. My algebra teacher was a nun who believed math was the grammar of God's language.

I think ALL religions are wrong.

I'm a retired scientist, ~85% of us believe.
in *a God*. Einstein's most-famous quotes have "God" in them.

"God is subtle, not malicious" may be my favorite. (My response, "Einstein never studied Plasma Physics" usually gets a laugh.)

Religions = Rubbish.

That doesn't mean God doesn't exist. Image
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