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Wednesday, February 22, 2017

The impact of the movement on my field, anthropology, was varied, since anthropology, with its four sub-disciplines, spans the range of scholarly activity from the physical sciences through the social sciences to the humanities. Three of those sub-disciplines (archeology, physical anthropology, and linguistic anthropology) have remained mostly unscathed by the efforts to transform anthropology into another politically correct university outpost.

But the largest of the four, sociocultural anthropology (the study of social and cultural variation around the world), has been greatly distorted. It has been redefined from a science to an instrument of political ideology.

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Monday, February 20, 2017

SACRAMENTO -- In a surprise move made in response to President Donald Trump's push to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act, two California lawmakers Friday introduced legislation to replace private medical insurance with a government health care system covering all 38 million Californians -- including its undocumented residents.

"We've reached this pivotal moment and I thought to myself: ‘Look, now more than ever is the time to talk about universal health care,'" one of Senate Bill 562's authors, Sen. Ricardo Lara, D-Bell Gardens, said in an interview Friday.

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We were gripped by riveting video of the 20-foot sinkhole in Studio City that swallowed two vehicles in the wake of Friday's storm and the 15 Freeway collapse in the Cajon Pass that flung a fire engine around like a toy truck.

But for some, it wasn't just dramatic, breath-taking video, it was reality TV.

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Friday, February 17, 2017

Economist Nathan Smith has long been a supporter of the U.S. opening its borders. He's argued that the American polity would "endure and flourish" if it elected to lay out 2,000 miles of welcome mats rather than building a Trumpian wall. He's claimed that unencumbered movement of peoples from land to land would result in worldwide GDP doubling, though not without some serious social destabilization. Still, he predicted the U.S. could handle an influx of 150-200 million immigrants over a span of several decades.

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CHESAPEAKE CITY, Md. (AP) -- A Maryland auction house is selling Adolf Hitler's personal traveling telephone.

Bill Panagopulos of Alexander Historical Auctions in Chesapeake City says occupying Russian officers gave the phone to Brig. Sir Ralph Rayner during a visit to Hitler's Berlin bunker. Rayner's son is now selling the red phone with a Nazi party symbol and Hitler's name engraved on the back.

The phone is estimated at $200,000 to $300,000 and Panagopulos says bidding will start at $100,000 this weekend.


I have never thought the SiliconValley giants would build cars.

I did believe they would build the data infrastructure backbone, and many algorithms for the self-driving car. I still believe in the Uber business model. Instead of owning no car, people will own a Weekend/get away vehicle

There is big issue I see for the future in ubiquitous computing, or the fantasy digital lifestyle. The personal movement of data, from car to home to work is too difficult, cumbersome for the average person.

I want different interfaces in my pocket, on my dash and in my home, but I still want my data. All the big companies (SiliconValley and Detriot) want to own this space, it wont flush out for another 15years IMO. For instance if you make an Android incar device, you need to pay Google for all the included GoogleApp, and they still get the data and ads. So we have to deal with crap like MirrorCast or CarPlay.

As a researcher in this field, whenever anyone pitches me their idea on the future car, I always ask "How can I get the street address in my email to my car so I can navigate to my location?" ..... if you can't do that easily forget it, I am not interested. Instead they want to show me how you can Tweet, or interact with Facebook with your voice....

Bern it down!

Interesting a couple of people in the BernieCampaign organization are in advisory roles "WeWillReplaceYou", and some are part of OFA.....

Unless you think you should have to pay a fee every time you walk down the street, you're a socialist too.

Please educate yourself on what socialist means See Venezuela, where weight control is all part of the program ....

So, you are saying there is a 'fat' gene? I'm thinkin it is their environment...... In the 40s and 50s there were damn few fat people.

This is what they are trying to push you into believing, its not their fault. While our ability to store fat is in all our genes, we have never had such an abundance of fat producing food and lethargic lifestyles. Some adaptations/resistance/natural selection, has occurred.

This is why Native American Indian obesity is off the charts, close to 80%. They as a group, haven't had ample time to adapt to an abundance of food and a lethargic lifestyle.

Other demographics have varying responses to the abundance of "twinkies & Youtube" (726) for lack of a better term.

My colleagues use the term intergenerational trauma that refers to inherited obesity, fetal alcohol syndrome, sexual abuse, physical abuse, poverty, etc.
The basic idea is that kids that struggle are kids of struggling care givers.
It is the parents of these fat kids that need help, so they don't harm their kids.
The kids that are harmed, unfortunately, often grow up to have kids and pass down the harm.

This does exist too, nurture certainly has a place in the equation, but I feel it is mostly nature&nurture relative to your genes.

If the parents are failing, the village needs to step in to help the parents, not just give cash.

Unfortunately this doesn't help adaptation to an ample food and lethargic lifestyle "gene".

This philosophy is counter to the false idea that people are independent agents that make their own life choices and should not be insulated from the consequences of those life choices.

Perhaps, as the study implies its an equation of 3 factors; nature, nurture an your own independent reaction to lifestyle and food? The nature vs nurture debate IMO is silly.....

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