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Archive for November 10th, 2015

Mexico’s Supreme Court Declares Individuals Have the Right to Consume and Cultivate Marijuana

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How long will the US hold out? I think it will be like gay marriage: gradually, and then suddenly.

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10 November 2015 at 5:40 pm

Posted in Drug laws

It sounds like Big Brother’s wet dream

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Vizio Smart TVs spy on their owners and sell what they learned. How far away is blackmail?

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10 November 2015 at 12:09 pm

Marco Polo, meet Jocelyn Reckford

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Very interesting. And learning in this way would include all the “deep learning” of cultural norms and signals on an experiential level.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 November 2015 at 11:13 am

Posted in Education, Memes

PPP Uses the Power of Pyramids to Figure Out Which Republican Candidate Has the Weirdest Supporters

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Worth reading: short post plus a chart.

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10 November 2015 at 11:07 am

Man, today is nothing but sf novels come to life: DARPA Is About to Start Testing an Autonomous, Submarine-Hunting Ocean Drone

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In fact, I think I’ve read this one. Doesn’t it sound familiar?

And this is a vignette from a Philip K. Dick novel, a chapter called “Deputy Florida Man.”

And if you give the religions exotic names, this clear conflict is seen in many a novel placed in other worlds.

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10 November 2015 at 10:58 am

When reality fails to respect ideology: Sex-ed division

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Jen Hayden has an excellent post at Daily Kos. From it:

Who could’ve seen this coming? When you don’t teach kids about safe sex, they tend to have sex anyway, minus the safe part: . . .

And later she quotes:

Abstinence-only programs have been an enormous failure, despite heavy funding from the George W. Bush administration and conservative legislatures:

Abstinence-only-until-marriage programs don’t work.

To date, 11 states have evaluated the impact of their abstinence-only-until-marriage programs. None has been shown to reduce teen sexual activity.

Virginity pledgers have found “loopholes” to keep their pledges intact—engaging in risky oral or anal sex—and neglecting to use condoms when they do begin to have vaginal intercourse, according to research from Peter Bearman at Columbia University.

2007 federally-funded evaluation of these programs found that youth in the control group were no more likely to have abstained from sex and, among those who reported having sex, had a similar number of partners and had initiated sex at the same age.

Written by LeisureGuy

10 November 2015 at 10:50 am

Very cool: Glitch art. (Obligatory: But is it in fact art?)

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Take a look. Interesting. But art? But what about a photograph of a barn, tractor, and person: can that photograph ever be art?

Written by LeisureGuy

10 November 2015 at 10:26 am

Posted in Art, Technology

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