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justins
Apr 12, 2024
In General Discussion
Bird extinction - Wikipedia Even though humans and birds evolved separately, we have convergent evolution in how we think and socialize - convergent evolution of the brain. When we think about empathy for each other, the empathy should encompass all types of diversity. Humans should not selfishly destroy the earth; we are not the only species on earth.
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justins
Apr 11, 2024
In General Discussion
Why Birds Survived, and Dinosaurs Went Extinct, After an Asteroid Hit Earth | Science| Smithsonian Magazine
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justins
Apr 10, 2024
In In the News
https://www.msn.com/en-us/news/politics/david-hume-kennerly-resigns-from-gerald-ford-foundation-board-over-refusal-to-honor-liz-cheney-with-top-award/
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justins
Feb 13, 2024
In Medicine
CDC plans to drop five-day covid isolation guidelines (m(https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/cdc-plans-to-drop-five-day-covid-isolation-guidelines/ar-BB1icG15?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=0ad1ab2a784441d4b0806a834afa37cb&ei=22)sn.com)(http://msn.com)(https://www.msn.com/en-us/health/other/cdc-plans-to-drop-five-day-covid-isolation-guidelines/ar-BB1icG15?ocid=msedgntp&pc=U531&cvid=0ad1ab2a784441d4b0806a834afa37cb&ei=22)
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justins
Jan 28, 2024
In In the News
The Supreme Court could soon boost the bipartisan effort to criminalize homelessness (m(https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/the-supreme-court-could-soon-boost-the-bipartisan-effort-to-criminalize-homelessness/ar-BB1hlhJM?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=7be8d618bac14fd2839e3415bbfe40f0&ei=24)sn.com)(http://msn.com)(https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/markets/the-supreme-court-could-soon-boost-the-bipartisan-effort-to-criminalize-homelessness/ar-BB1hlhJM?ocid=msedgntp&cvid=7be8d618bac14fd2839e3415bbfe40f0&ei=24) There's concerning legislation underway, especially in Kentucky, which could effectively criminalize poverty and fail to protect human life. "Advocates for unhoused Kentuckians have criticized the bill's anti-homelessness provisions, one of which provides that a property owner's use of force is "justifiable" if that individual thinks robbery, criminal trespass or "unlawful camping" is taking place on the property. That justification extends to "deadly physical force" in the event a defendant believes an unhoused person is attempting to "dispossess" them of the property, robbing them or committing arson." Cruel and unusual punishment - deadly force in exchange for "attemping to disposs" - as determined by the property owner's opinion, not the court. Also, physical force justified simply by "unlawful camping" means property owners could get away with assault and battery. Laws like this passed by the state would not make homeless people likely to trust "state camps".
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justins
Nov 09, 2023
In General Discussion
hoopla | streaming audiobooks, music, video & ebooks (h(https://www.hoopladigital.com/)oopladigital.com)(http://hoopladigital.com)(https://www.hoopladigital.com/)
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justins
Oct 16, 2023
In The Weather Stop
Global temperatures are off the charts for a reason: 4 factors driving 2023's extreme heat and climate disasters (s(https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/global-temperatures-are-off-the-charts-for-a-18410250.php)fgate.com)(http://sfgate.com)(https://www.sfgate.com/news/article/global-temperatures-are-off-the-charts-for-a-18410250.php)
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justins
Oct 16, 2023
In Technology
10 Best Retro Websites: Retro Websites Design (Upd: 2023) - Weblium Blog(https://weblium.com/blog/retro-design-trends-10-best-retro-website-examples-of-2023/#:~:text=How%20do%20you%20spot%20the%20retro%20web%20design%3F,Logos%20and%20badges%20...%208%208%29%20Buttons%20) I've been a member of one site for the past 20 years, another for about 17 years. Go figure, those are a couple of absolutely addictive sites to me, and they've kept the designs they were built with.
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justins
Oct 16, 2023
In The Weather Stop
Clock Is Ticking for the Black Residents of Flood-Prone Southwest Philadelphia – Mother Jones(https://www.motherjones.com/environment/2023/10/southwest-philadelphia-flooding-risk-black-environmental-justice/)
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justins
Oct 14, 2023
In Writing Contests
Computers, machines of steel With the power to better express how we feel Knowledge and errors at their command Created by many intelligent hands Programming languages the experts know Often make them grow and glow: Simple fixes, complex tasks attempts at many requests we ask. But how do these computers help us learn? And when we use them, what do we earn?
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justins
Oct 14, 2023
In Technology
How to Recognize and Avoid Phishing Scams | Consumer Advice (f(https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams)tc.gov)(http://ftc.gov)(https://consumer.ftc.gov/articles/how-recognize-and-avoid-phishing-scams) I got some phishing messages that purported to be from Meta that I thought were real recently. Did I click on them? No, because I didn't think there would really be problems with my site. The issues with gaps in technological knowledge is that sometimes you'll get actual vague messages about how you don't qualify for something - like Google Ads for your website for example - where no specific reason is given. Since vague feedback about a problem can be genuinely baffling for non-experts trying to dip their toes into website-building for the first time, critical thinking is necessary to avoid phishing scams. I'd say what helped me avoid clicking the links I mentioned above is that I was only tangentially using Meta's service anyway. And to the extent I had used it, there had never been any problems. Where there was legitimately a problem, as with the Google example, I knew the problem was legitimate because Google Ads were not showing up on my website. It was a corraborated issue. So the message here is that if there is no visible problem, a random message about a problem could be a phishing scam. The second thing that helps is being actively risk averse, even at the expense of extra time. What is the worst that could happen by clicking a bad link? I lose control of my bank account information. But if I had a gap in my usage of Meta, there would be no disaster. I have time to just wait to see if a visible problem with my account materializes, or to reach out to Meta directly if necessary. I can also simply see that the account sending the Meta message doesn't have an email linked to it that sounds like an official company email. Only the bold identity section looks official, not the underlying email account.
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justins
Oct 14, 2023
In General Discussion
Quote by Carl Sagan: “The nuclear arms race is like two sworn enemies...” (g(https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/117594-the-nuclear-arms-race-is-like-two-sworn-enemies-standing)oodreads.com)(http://goodreads.com)(https://www.goodreads.com/quotes/117594-the-nuclear-arms-race-is-like-two-sworn-enemies-standing)
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justins
Oct 13, 2023
In Technology
What is Microsoft Visio Used For, and Who Uses It? (z(https://www.zandax.com/business-blog/what-is-microsoft-visio-used-for)andax.com)(http://zandax.com)(https://www.zandax.com/business-blog/what-is-microsoft-visio-used-for) Maybe it's not just for project managers. I wish I had started using it years ago.
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justins
Sep 23, 2023
In General Discussion
What I learned building my first website | Knight Lab (n(https://knightlab.northwestern.edu/2015/05/26/what-i-learned-building-my-first-website/)orthwestern.edu)(http://northwestern.edu)(https://knightlab.northwestern.edu/2015/05/26/what-i-learned-building-my-first-website/) There's a bit of a language gap when it comes to "how-to" instructions for writing code. But technically, technical writing can make things learnable for anyone. Are there instructions online that make writing code as simple as operating a toaster? How Can Non Technical People Learn To Code? ft @tanaypratap - YouTube(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3_UuRqCyg5E)
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justins
Sep 23, 2023
In General Discussion
The 50 best free museums in Washington DC (w(https://wanderlog.com/list/geoCategory/132413/best-free-museums-in-washington-dc)anderlog.com)(http://wanderlog.com)(https://wanderlog.com/list/geoCategory/132413/best-free-museums-in-washington-dc) The last time I was at the National Gallery of Art was about six years ago. I saw a bunch of Madonna-and-Child artwork, and I was thrilled the first time I saw a fly painted onto a Cardinal's robe, because I thought of it as free speech - the freedom to say something less than reverent about a figure with a religous office. This was from a 1516 painting by Italian artist Sebastiano del Piombo. Cardinal Bandinello Sauli, His Secretary, and Two Geographers (n(https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.46136.html)ga.gov)(http://nga.gov)(https://www.nga.gov/collection/art-object-page.46136.html) Then, last night, I learned that there's a National Gallery, not in the US but in the UK, which features a fly on a woman's headress - the artist is unknown, but it's dated a bit earlier, 1470. It's identified as "Swabian," which refers to an ethno-linguistic group in Germany. Swabian | Portrait of a Woman of the Hofer Family | NG722 | National Gallery, London(https://www.nationalgallery.org.uk/paintings/swabian-portrait-of-a-woman-of-the-hofer-family) Finally, after some research, I realized that flies in paintings were common in the 15th and 16th centuries - there even is a specialized Latin term referring to paintings with flies in them: Musca depicta: Musca depicta - Wikipedia(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musca_depicta) Apparently, the way English majors argue over literature, Fine Arts majors argue over art, with various theories of why the flies exist. The consensus seems to be that they exist in different paintings for different reasons, ranging from characterizing lust or decay, to just being a joke, to emphasizing particular skill on the part of the painter. But as an appreciator of art, not an artist myself, all I can do is acknowledge that I was genuinely thrilled to discover the fly on the Cardinal's robe here in the Washington D.C. National Gallery of Art. It was one of the highlights of my visit to the gallery, which is free. I didn't have to travel very far to see the geology exhibits in the National Museum of Natural History, (https://naturalhistory.si.edu/)where you can touch a piece of Mars, learn about earthquakes, view a meteorite that crashed through the cieling of a doctor's office in 2011, and much more. Narrated Virtual Tour: Hall of Geology, Gems, and Minerals – Moon, Meteorites, and Solar System - YouTube(https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t_Brhejw0zw) I don't remember everything I see when I visit places like this, but some of what I see changes how I see the world. I didn't know, prior to visiting the National Gallery, that artists painting 500 years ago had enough freedom of expression to paint flies on important artworks - my history classes taught me about things like the Salem witch trials, the persecution of the French Huegonots,(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/St._Bartholomew%27s_Day_massacre) and pograms against(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pogrom) Jewish people.
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