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Saturday, May 6, 2017

P versus NP problem - Wikipedia

P versus NP problem - Wikipedia



The P versus NP problem is a major unsolved problem in computer science. Informally speaking, it asks whether every problem whose solution can be quickly verified by a computer can also be quickly solved by a computer.


Obama Presidential Library | FOTP

Obama Presidential Library | FOTPWTTW reported: “As some of the best-known and most historically significant parks in the city, Jackson Park and South Shore Cultural Center Park are not threatened by disuse or deterioration, but development. Preservation Chicago is concerned by the lack of public engagement in plans for the Barack Obama Presidential Library and a Tiger Woods-designed golf course and what those developments might mean to the historic character of these South Side parks.”



Emmanuel Macron hacked emails: French media ordered by electoral commission not to publish content of messages | The Independent

Emmanuel Macron hacked emails: French media ordered by electoral commission not to publish content of messages | The IndependentIt warned news outlets in France that journalists could face criminal charges for publishing or republishing the material, under laws that came into effect at midnight forbidding any commentary liable to affect the presidential race.


Censorship in France - Wikipedia

Censorship in France - Wikipedia



today freedom of pressis guaranteed by the French Constitution




Jimmy Kimmel's Baby Son's Story & Dangers of Empathy | National Review

Jimmy Kimmel's Baby Son's Story & Dangers of Empathy | National Review



Again, Bloom is a squishy liberal by his own account, but he’s also a leading scholar of how the mind actually works, not how we wish it would work. 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447365/jimmy-kimmel-baby-son-health-care-empathy

Totally Baked: Hemp Protein Granola Bars - My New Roots

Totally Baked: Hemp Protein Granola Bars - My New Roots




Friday, May 5, 2017

Yellow journalism - Wikipedia

Yellow journalism - Wikipedia







Yellow journalism, or the yellow press, is a type of journalism that presents little or no legitimate well-researched news and instead uses eye-catching headlines to sell more newspapers.[1] Techniques may include exaggerations of news events, scandal-mongering or sensationalism. By extension, the term yellow journalism is used today as a pejorative to decry any journalism that treats news in an unprofessional or unethical fashion.[2]

Venezuela Is Starving - WSJ

Venezuela Is Starving - WSJ

The agricultural companies the government has taken over, including milk factories and distributors of fertilizer and feed, are closed or barely operating, according to economists and farm groups.

“The system is created so you can’t win,” said Alberto Cudemus, who heads the national association of pig farmers. “The government thinks its survival is in communism, not in us, not with production. And that’s where they’re wrong.”

Venezuela Is Starving - WSJ

Venezuela Is Starving - WSJ

By World Health Organization standards, Caritas’s findings constitute a crisis that calls for the government to marshal extraordinary aid. But authorities have resisted offers of food and aid from abroad.


Venezuela Is Starving - WSJ

Venezuela Is Starving - WSJ

Hordes of people, many with children in tow, rummage through garbage, an uncommon sight a year ago. People in the countryside pick farms clean at night, stealing everything from fruits hanging on trees to pumpkins on the ground, adding to the misery of farmers hurt by shortages of seed and fertilizer. Looters target food stores. Families padlock their refrigerators.

Health Care Reform No Cure for Scarcity | National Review

Health Care Reform No Cure for Scarcity | National Review



We have perfectly functional markets in all sorts of life-and-death goods. They expect you to pay up at the grocery store, too, but poor people are not starving in the American streets, because we came up with this so-crazy-it-just-might-work idea of giving poor people money and money analogues (such as food stamps) to pay for food. It is not a perfect system, but it is preferable, as we know from unhappy experiences abroad, to having the government try to run the farms, as government did in the Soviet Union, or the grocery stores, as government does in hungry, miserable Venezuela. The Apple Store has its shortcomings, to be sure, but I’d rather have a health-care system that looks like the Apple Store than one that looks like a Venezuelan grocery store. 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447361/heath-care-reform-no-cure-scarcity

Health Care Reform No Cure for Scarcity | National Review

Health Care Reform No Cure for Scarcity | National Review



We could probably lower the cost of prescription drugs significantly by making the approval process less cumbrous and expensive, and maybe by tweaking a few intellectual-property procedures. We could do the same with medical devices and the like, though the so-called Affordable Care Act took the opposite approach, taxing those devices and making them scarcer. If we want more doctors, there are probably 1 million top-shelf physicians from around the world who would immigrate to the United States yesterday if we gave them the go-ahead. (Yes, that probably would lower the incomes of native-born doctors; we are going to be adults for the moment, and this is a question of trade-offs.) We could reduce the regulatory burden on insurance companies in an effort to lure more of them into the market, whereas the ACA added to their burdens and drove many of them from the marketplace. 

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447361/heath-care-reform-no-cure-scarcity

Health Care Reform No Cure for Scarcity | National Review

Health Care Reform No Cure for Scarcity | National Review



The Canadian government health-care system is in essence a big, generous insurance company owned by its customers and perfectly happy to run large losses indefinitely, and it still has to say “No” pretty often.

Read more at: http://www.nationalreview.com/article/447361/heath-care-reform-no-cure-scarcity

PROJECTION ALERT! Dan Pfeiffer, Matt Yglesias try to stomp GOP ‘lies’ and step on O-care rake instead – twitchy.com

PROJECTION ALERT! Dan Pfeiffer, Matt Yglesias try to stomp GOP ‘lies’ and step on O-care rake instead – twitchy.com

Obama earned the “Lie of the Year” distinction for that in 2013 but it’s obviously not sparking any self-awareness in the GOP’s biggest critics.

Blame Big Government on Twitter: ""There is a reason New York City’s hospitals are full of rich Canadians who cannot afford free health care at home." https://t.co/9IEs9OGulm"

Blame Big Government on Twitter: ""There is a reason New York City’s hospitals are full of rich Canadians who cannot afford free health care at home." https://t.co/9IEs9OGulm"

olivia taters on Twitter: "merkel's foolish refugee policies will remotely pissed me tf off yet i dove in anyway smh"

olivia taters on Twitter: "merkel's foolish refugee policies will remotely pissed me tf off yet i dove in anyway smh"





Austin Petersen on Twitter: "'If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.’ -PJ O'Rourke"

Austin Petersen on Twitter: "'If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it's free.’ -PJ O'Rourke"

Let’s stop trying to teach students critical thinking

Let’s stop trying to teach students critical thinking



Many teachers say they strive to teach their students to be critical thinkers. They even pride themselves on it; after all, who wants children to just take in knowledge passively?
But there is a problem with this widespread belief. The truth is that you can’t teach people to be critical unless you are critical yourself. This involves more than asking young people to “look critically” at something, as if criticism was a mechanical task.
As a teacher, you have to have a critical spirit. This does not mean moaning endlessly about education policies you dislike or telling students what they should think. It means first and foremost that you are capable of engaging in deep conversation. This means debate and discussion based on considerable knowledge – something that is almost entirely absent in the educational world. It also has to take place in public, with parents and others who are not teachers, not just in the classroom or staffroom.
The need for teachers to engage in this kind of deep conversation has been forgotten, because they think that being critical is a skill. But the Australian philosopher John Passmore criticised this idea nearly half a century ago:
If being critical consisted simply in the application of a skill then it could in principle be taught by teachers who never engaged in it except as a game or defensive device, somewhat as a crack rifle shot who happened to be a pacifist might nevertheless be able to teach rifle-shooting to soldiers. But in fact being critical can be taught only by men who can themselves freely partake in critical discussion.

The misuses of ‘criticism’

The misuse of the idea of “criticism” first became clear to me when I gave a talk about critical thinking to a large group of first-year students. One student said that the lecturers she most disliked were the ones who banged on about the importance of being critical. She longed for one of them to assert or say something, so she could learn from them and perhaps challenge what they say.
The idea that critical thinking is a skill is the first of three popular, but false views that all do disservice to the idea of being critical. They also allow many teachers to believe they are critical thinkers when they are the opposite:
  1. “Critical thinking” is a skill. No it is not. At best this view reduces criticism to second-rate or elementary instruction in informal and some formal logic. It is usually second-rate logic and poor philosophy offered in bite-sized nuggets. Seen as a skill, critical thinking can also mean subjection to the conformism of an ideological yoke. If a feminist or Marxist teacher demands a certain perspective be adopted this may seem like it is “criticism” or acquiring a “critical perspective”, but it is actually a training in feminism or Marxism which could be done through tick box techniques. It almost acquires the character of a mental drill.
  2. “Critical thinking” means indoctrination. When teachers talk about the need to be “critical” they often mean instead that students must “conform”. It is often actually teaching students to be “critical” of their unacceptable ideas and adopt the right ones. Having to support multiculturalism and diversity are the most common of the “correct ideas” that everyone has to adopt. Professional programmes in education, nursing, social work and others often promote this sort of “criticism”. It used to be called “indoctrination”.
  3. “Critical theories” are “uncritical theories”. When some theory has the prefix “critical” it requires the uncritical acceptance of a certain political perspective. Critical theory, critical race theory, critical race philosophy, critical realism, critical reflective practice all explicitly have political aims.

What is criticism?

Criticism, according to Victorian cultural critic Matthew Arnold, is a disinterested endeavour to learn and propagate the best that is known and thought in the world. We should all be as “bound” by that definition as he was. We need only to teach the best that is known and thought and “criticism” will take care of itself. That is a lesson from 150 years ago that every teacher should learn.
Matthew Arnold knew how to be critical. Elliott & Fry, via Wikimedia Commons
Critical thinking seen as Arnold defined it is more like a character trait – like having “a critical spirit”, or a willingness to engage in the “give and take of critical discussion”. Criticism is always about the world and not about you.
The philosopher most associated with the critical spirit is Socrates. In the 1930s, another Australian philosopher John Anderson put the Socratic view of education most clearly when he wrote: “The Socratic education begins … with the awakening of the mind to the need for criticism, to the uncertainty of the principles by which it supposed itself to be guided.”
But when I discuss Socratic criticism with teachers and teacher trainers I miss out Anderson’s mention of the word “uncertainty”. This is because many teachers will assume that this “uncertainty” means questioning those bad ideas you have and conforming to an agreed version of events, or an agreed theory.
Becoming a truly critical thinker is more difficult today because so many people want to be a Socrates. But Socrates only sought knowledge and to be a Socrates today means putting knowledge first.

Collins: CBO's Healthcare Scoring Is 'Ludicrous' | The Daily Caller

Collins: CBO's Healthcare Scoring Is 'Ludicrous' | The Daily Caller



“2018: No changes whatsoever to Obamacare and yet they’re saying 14 million Americans will lose their coverage next year,” he explained. “There’s only 10 million people in all of America in the individual exchange. Right then and there, Wolf, it shows you how ludicrous their numbers are.”

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

Thanks To Democrats, Pre-Existing Conditions Outweigh The Uninsured In The GOP Obamacare Deal

Thanks To Democrats, Pre-Existing Conditions Outweigh The Uninsured In The GOP Obamacare Deal



As House Republicans regain momentum in their quest to replace Obamacare, GOP moderates have done something unexpected: they’ve focused not broadly on covering the uninsured, but specifically on protecting those with pre-existing conditions. There’s a reason for that, and it has to do with wildly exaggerated claims that Democrats made when they were passing the law in 2009 and 2010.
Democrats’ extreme inflation of the pre-existing condition problem
The vast majority of Americans who are uninsured aren't without coverage because of a health problem. They're uninsured because of an economic problem: the problem that American health care costs too much, especially for lower-middle-income Americans who earn too much to qualify for government assistance. But Democrats sold the Affordable Care Act in a different way.
You’ve heard it a million times: Obamacare prohibits insurers from denying coverage to those with pre-existing conditions. The reason you’ve heard it so often is that it’s one of the few aspects of Obamacare that consistently polls well.
“What I’m not willing to do,” said President Obama in his 2011 State of the Union address, “is go back to the days when insurance companies could deny someone coverage because of a pre-existing condition.”
Obama and other Democrats made it sound like there were tens of millions of Americans going uninsured because cruel insurers were refusing to cover them. The Obama administration even put out a report titled “At Risk: Pre-Existing Conditions Could Affect 1 in 2 Americans: 129 Million Could Be Denied Affordable Coverage Without Health Reform."
That's ludicrously dishonest. Here’s why.
First: prior to Obamacare, the vast majority of Americans with health insurance were already in plans that were required to offer them coverage regardless of pre-existing conditions. Employer-based plans were required to offer coverage to everyone regardless of pre-existing conditions. So were Medicare, Medicaid, and other government programs like the VA. Employer- and government-based plans, prior to Obamacare, represented 90 percent of Americans with health insurance.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Wiki for Behind Blue Eyes by The Who

Wiki for Behind Blue Eyes by The Who



The song is about a man who has cheated on his woman and he is angry with both her (for leaving him) and himself for having done what he has done.
Read up on Borderline Personality Disordered Man, and you will see the sad man behind the bad man, the rage and blame which is projected onto his suffering partner, the need for control, he lies and twists the truth. It is a mental illness that has devastating effects on his girlfriends as he blames them, hurts them, and then moves on, while hiding his anger and blame from people not close to him. He lives in a chaotic world he creates, and never recovered from abandonment issues as a child and wants to hurt everyone back, though he sees himself as a victim. Very screwed up. Very destructive to himself. Often tell his partners they are 'mad'.




VIDEO: Cuban Dissident Beaten for Interrupting Communist May Day Parade Waving U.S. Flag - Breitbart

VIDEO: Cuban Dissident Beaten for Interrupting Communist May Day Parade Waving U.S. Flag - Breitbart




Monday, May 1, 2017

CAGW Names Rep. Steny Hoyer April 2017 Porker of the Month | Citizens Against Government Waste

CAGW Names Rep. Steny Hoyer April 2017 Porker of the Month | Citizens Against Government Waste

National Debt Tweets on Twitter: "$19,846,491,745,845.94 (+) #NationalDebt"

National Debt Tweets on Twitter: "$19,846,491,745,845.94 (+) #NationalDebt"

Victims of Communism Day 2017 - The Washington Post

Victims of Communism Day 2017 - The Washington Post

J Michael Waller on Twitter: ".@nytimes statement on Duranty's Pulitzer admits he backed Stalin's "liquidation" of people. But no lessons learned. https://t.co/LB1YR0zI5Y"

J Michael Waller on Twitter: ".@nytimes statement on Duranty's Pulitzer admits he backed Stalin's "liquidation" of people. But no lessons learned. https://t.co/LB1YR0zI5Y"

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