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2020.10.23 03:49 Saumpro [Event][Link] Safe Humane Chicago - Diamonds in the Ruff

Hello dogs!
Safe Humane Chicago will be hosting a unique and FREE event to promote and support their programs! Join us for Diamonds in the Ruff on Thursday, October 29th.

Diamonds in the Ruff is a virtual “telethon” and celebration to support healing and second chances for dogs and people impacted by violence and trauma. “Not only do we need everyone’s support for these community programs, especially during this pandemic; but also we feel strongly that we must find ways to bring people together when feeling good and safe and included are so important,” says CEO Cynthia Bathurst. “That’s why I am so excited about this unique approach to a telethon that our team has planned.”

Diamonds in the Ruff will be broadcast live from Lorelle Communications Studio on Thursday, October 29th, 7:00-8:30pm CT. In addition to a “telethon” staffed by Court Case Dogs and their companions, the event will feature a raffle and silent auction (including 50+ packages valued at more than $12,000), musicians, special guests, videos, branded merchandise and many fun surprises.

Diamonds in the Ruff sponsors to date include Piglet, companion of Mary and Mark Rutherford; Salesforce Corporation; Berkeley, companion of Kathy Horky; Pam and Fred Sasser; Kimberly Boggs; Animal Hospital of McHenry; G2 Commercial Services; Gimme The Books; Pete Singer and Mark Blue; and Tito's Handmade Vodka.

Chicago’s own Jeanne Sparrow will host the event. Jeanne has spent three decades in media as a 3-time Emmy-winning television host, reporter, radio personality, and voiceover artist in Chicago. She is a long-time friend of Safe Humane Chicago and has hosted several Court Case Dogs, as well as other dogs and Chicago area rescues, on WCIU’s You & Me This Morning.

Admission is complimentary, but pre-registration is encouraged. Those who register early will receive a direct link to the event and updates. For more information on registration, making a donation, purchasing raffle tickets or bidding on silent auction items, visit Diamonds2020.givesmart.com or text ‘Diamonds2020’ to 76278.

ABOUT SAFE HUMANE CHICAGO
Safe Humane’s mission is to create safe and humane communities by inspiring positive relationships between people and animals. We recognize the connections between animal abuse and interpersonal violence and benefits of human-animal bonds in building empathy and compassion. We help break the cycle of violence through trauma-informed care and programs that connect our Court Case DogsTM with people impacted by violence or challenged by poverty or trauma to help each other. We have supported healing and second chances for 1,400+ Court Case Dogs as well as hundreds of youth, veterans and adults working to re-enter the community, among others.
For contact info and to learn how you can get involved, support, and sponsor Safe Humane Chicago, visit our website.

Thank you all very much!
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2020.10.22 16:28 lucaprbe Chance me for Brown

Demographics: Female, Asian, competitive mid sized public school.
Intended Major(s): Neuroscience
ACT/SAT/SAT II: 33 ACT. I'm hoping to take the SAT for 1500+ but so far all of my test dates have been cancelled.
UW/W GPA and Rank: Ranked in top 20. All A's except a B+ freshman year.
Coursework: World (2 lmao, it was freshman year though) Gov (4), Bio (4), Calc (5), Macro (5), Micro (5) and taking 4 more this year
Awards:
- honors societies
- AP scholar with distinction
- All state orchestra for 2 years + placed in top 3 one year
Extracurriculars:
  1. First stand at youth orchestra of a prominent conservatory (11,12)
  2. Teaching violin to low income kids (11,12)
  3. Violin lessons (9-12)
  4. First violinist in string quartet (11, 12)
  5. Political club / volunteering (10-12)
  6. Internship at Psychology lab (12)
  7. Tutoring at elementary schools (11)
  8. Semi competitive biology summer program (12)
  9. Another orchestra lol (10)
  10. xc and track (9)
Essays/LORs/Other:
I can't really rate my rec letters, but I had good relationships with my teachers and they liked me
I think my essays are pretty good but I can't rate them
Schools: Some other schools are Northeastern, Boston U, Columbia, Dartmouth, and Berkeley
Also please suggest some more reach schools or schools I actually have a chance at!! I want to add one more school to my list
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2020.10.22 14:13 mattjonz E. B. & E. C. Kellogg Lithographs of southern US Politicians. 1844?

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I have a set of three (3) framed and matted lithograph prints by the E.B & E.C Kellogg Co. - silhouette art by William H. Brown. I have looked but found no evidence that these prints have ever been reproduced, so I assume they are original antiques but that’s why I’m asking. I don’t want to destroy the frames to verify. Each print is appropriately 12”x16” and each frame is 20 3/8” wide by 24” tall. The date on each print is 1844.
According to oldprintshop.com, Brown cut his silhouettes from life and then added details to the scene that were connected to the distinguished citizen’s persona.
Edit: here is a close up of one of the prints: https://i.imgur.com/ceWAOfV.jpg
The prints themselves are all in very good condition with no staining.
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2020.10.22 10:07 HaplessScribbler Trans-friendliness at the T14

Hi everyone, it’s your local stressed out trans guy splitter here with an effortpost.
I've been looking up info about the trans-friendliness of various T14 law schools, and I thought I might as well compile it into a post for myself as well as the other trans people I've noticed floating around LSA. Also, I didn’t want to work on my personal statement.
LSAC sent out a survey to all of the ABA accredited law schools about LGBTQ diversity in 2018, which is where I'm primarily taking this info from, supplemented by google and comments I’ve read on LSA.
Please feel free to add info about non-T14 schools in the comments. I've limited my summaries of the survey responses to the T14 because those are the schools I'm personally interested in and a man has limits.
Georgetown:
Georgetown chose not to fill out the survey. That worries me and makes me think they’re either trying to hide something or so apathetic they can’t bother to copy-paste in their antidiscrimination policy. If Pepperdine and Notre Dame can fill it out, then so can you Georgetown.
edit: based on comments below my guess is trending towards "apathy".
Georgetown does have an easy to read map of unisex bathrooms on their website, and I was able to find some classes related to LGBTQ civil rights in their online course catalog. There was also this post from a trans student at Georgetown, who seemed overall satisfied with the way the University was treating them.
Cornell:
I looked up the one prof they have listed under "Openly LGBT faculty members" but it isn't clear how she identifies. I find it hard to believe that there's only one out professor on the staff, but maybe she's the only person who volunteered to have her name listed?
They have a clinic for LGBTQ law.
They only have one unisex bathroom. If you've ever been to Cornell's campus, you'll know that it's huge, so that is concerning. I couldn't get their bathroom map to work for me, so I was unable to check if it is in a central location or in some far-off corner. (edit: a Cornell student commented, saying that the bathroom is centrally located). Unfortunately, their one bathroom is still better than the next school, because…
Northwestern:
Has no unisex bathrooms in the law school. Not one! I checked their website to see if that had changed since 2018, and the only unisex bathroom on the Chicago campus is two blocks away in the medical school. I guess people who don't pass yet/ are nonbinary are expected to wear diapers?
They also put less effort into filling out the survey than any of the other schools (unless you count Gtown), giving one-word answers to all but the very last question.
Duke:
They have a map of unisex bathrooms throughout the campus. There looks to be quite a few! Good for you, Duke. I was worried about Duke being in the South but this is very encouraging.
Like Cornell, Duke only lists one Prof as being out, but again, I suspect that he volunteered to be the example and isn't the Only Gay (tm). Unclear how he identifies.
Their answers imply that they have only one class related to LGBTQ issues.
UVA:
They claim to have unisex bathrooms on the survey, but when I looked at their bathroom map there were none marked in the law school. The closest is in an athletic rec center that is a 5 minute walk away. There are unisex bathrooms elsewhere on campus but it seems misleading at best to answer "yes" to that question on the survey.
Berk:
Looks like they have one unisex bathroom per building in the Law School- except for the Law Library, weirdly. May be a problem if you suffer from the Mariko Aoki Phenomenon.
Their answers imply that they have only one class related to LGBTQ issues, which seems odd considering that this is Berkeley we’re talking about.
Michigan:
They say they have unisex bathrooms, but I was unable to find a map. If anyone has a link to that, or can tell me how many of the buildings have them, please let me know.
Lists 4 profs as openly LGBTQ, instead of just one example or leaving it at a "yes", when asked if they have queer profs. Their specific identities are unclear. They also go into a lot of detail about 4 different LGBTQ-related courses at the school.
At the very end of the survey, under Additional Information, they note that Michigan was "the first law school to graduate an out-transgender person". I'm not sure how they know that, but it's neat.
They also promise to connect all of their admits who identified as LGBTQ on their app with a student active in OUTLaw.
Overall I get the impression that they took the survey really seriously and put a lot of thought into filling out. Their answers are the longest of any of the T14.
Dean Z explicitly talks about using they/them as a singular pronoun on her YouTube channel so that's another piece of evidence that says they're thinking about the needs of their trans and nonbinary students. (She's fine with it for both nonbinary people and as a replacement for he/her, if you were wondering.)
Penn:
Looks like they have unisex bathrooms in 3/4 of the law school buildings.
They list a single prof as being out (unclear how he identifies), and five courses related to LGBTQ issues.
I also found an article written by a pair of Penn 2Ls about the university being sued by a woman claiming to have been fired for being trans. Rather than saying she was fired for other reasons, Penn filed a motion claiming that gender-identity discrimination was not illegal (this was in 2019, so pre-Bostock). They withdrew the motion less than a week after filing it, but still, what the fuck Penn?
I've heard Penn called "the most LGBTQ-friendly Law School" but I haven't found any proof that they are better than, say, Michigan- especially when you focus specifically on trans people. Anyone who is trans themselves or has trans loved ones can tell you that when institutions claim to support "LGBT rights", what they often mean is actually "LGB rights".
NYU:
They list unisex bathrooms in 3/7 law school buildings, not including the library.
They gave mostly one-word answers to the questions, but go into detail about three LGBTQ-related courses and one civil rights clinic.
Campus is right next to the Village, so that would be convenient. You could even have lunch at the Stonewall Inn- google says it’s a six minute walk from the law school.
Columbia:
They claim to have unisex bathrooms, but unlike the other schools, do not provide a bathroom map. I'm sure they exist, but it's not that helpful if we need to go on a toilet treasure hunt to find them. edit: A Columbia student commented with a bathroom map! They say it's out of date, but there is at least one unisex bathroom in the main law building, and more throughout campus.
They give a huge list of classes when about LGBTQ-focused coursework but many seem only tangentially related, such as the Seminar in Mass Incarceration. Maybe it has a lecture on trans people being forced into the wrong prisons? I’m just speculating on that one.
They have a gender focused law-journal, a Sexuality and Gender Law Clinic, and an entire Center for Gender and Sexuality Law. I found one post from someone saying that Columbia “sometimes treat[s] LGBTQ students like garbage” but with no further explanation.
Chicago:
The University has unisex bathrooms, but I was unable to check how many, or where they were located. There's a broken link to a unisex bathroom map on their Outlaw chapter's website, so hopefully it will be re-uploaded soon.
Their survey answers include a mission statement from their Outlaw chapter in the student organization section, but it leaves out any mention of trans people. They don't even say "LGBT", instead preferring to write out "gays and lesbians" each time. I checked the school website to see if this description had been updated in the two years since the survey was published, and it had not. If their chapter of Outlaw sees fit to leave trans people out of their mission statement, I can't help but wonder what sort of reception trans people get at Chi.
They state that trans people are "welcome at the Law School and both the University", but then end that same paragraph with the statement that "The Stonewall Scholarship is available for students who demonstrate commitment to the advancement of legal rights for gays and lesbians," leaving out trans students again. It's especially glaring considering that the scholarship is named after a riot started by trans women.
Harvard:
Provides a link to their unisex bathroom map right in the survey responses- the only school to do so. They have them in most but not all buildings making up the law school. Harvard started a LGBTQ civil rights clinic in 2019, and they link to several classes related to LGBTQ issues as well.
They say they have LGBTQ profs, but don’t give any examples.
Stanford:
Their website says that “The university is aiming to have gender-inclusive single-occupancy restrooms in all buildings by 2020”, but doesn’t say whether they were successful or not, and the bathroom map is illegibly small. At minimum, the library and faculty building have unisex bathrooms.
The University says it has “many prominent LGBT scholars” and a “variety of academic classes” but doesn’t go into specifics.
They also have a huge document on their website about being trans at Stanford. It’s not specific to the law school but it has a lot of really useful information.
Yale:
Gave mostly one-word or answers to the questions, aside from a copy-paste of their non-discrimination policy and a link to their course catalog. They link to Yale Outlaw as well, but it requires a Yale login to access.
I also found some news articles about Yale suing the state of Connecticut in order to make more of their bathrooms gender-inclusive: apparently building code regulations were stopping them? They won on appeal in the state Superior Court and converted a bunch of stalls in the main law building. The fact that they were willing to take Connecticut to court in order support their trans and nonbinary students is very encouraging.
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TLDR; Dean Z says trans rights, Northwestern doesn’t mind if you wet yourself, and Penn claimed to have the legal right to discriminate against its trans employees for about a week in 2019.
If anyone has a correction or something to add, I'd love to hear it in the comments! I'm especially interested in anecdotal info about the social culture at Cornell, UVA, Michigan, and Duke since they are in smaller cities. Can a gay trans guy get a date in Durham? The people want to know.
I’m open to PMs as well if current students would rather have me edit it into the post for added anonymity.
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2020.10.22 02:57 suhailj25 TOMORROW (10/22 5pm) Exec Speaker Series: CEO of Zenefits Jay Fulcher

TOMORROW (10/22 5pm) Exec Speaker Series: CEO of Zenefits Jay Fulcher
Hi Everyone,
Vendition of SJSU would like to invite the San Jose State community to join us for this special event. We are excited to announce that on Thursday October 22nd at 5PM, Jay Fulcher, CEO of Zenefits & SJSU alumnus, will be returning to San Jose State University to join us for our biggest event yet.
Jay's track record is extraordinary. He has led both public and private technology companies including CEO of both Agile Software(acquired by Oracle for $495 million) and Ooyala(acquired by Telstra for $440 million) as well as leading senior executive roles at SAP, Red Pepper Software, and PeopleSoft, Inc. He has helped start and scale more than a dozen startups and has proven ability in leading high growth, high performance, high value businesses. Jay also serves as Board Member of the Global Leadership Council for San Jose State University's Lucas Graduate School and College of Business and as an advisor to several startups.
For this event, we have partnered with SJSU Marketing Association as Co-Hosts and will also be joined by Vendition Sales Society chapters from UC Berkeley, UCLA, UC Davis, San Diego State University, and Santa Clara University.
To join us for this event, please RSVP below!
https://mailchi.mp/7ddbbfe1b754/eventrsvp
Event Details:
Executive Speaker Series: Jay Fulcher
Hosts: Vendition of SJSU & SJSU Marketing Association
Date: Thursday, October 24th at 5 PM
Location: ZOOM

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2020.10.21 01:02 Watchdogs66 Our "Drive to 245": The Twenty-Sixth Step

The Drive To 245: Deprive the GOP In 25
 
In 2014 and with 234 House seats, the NRCC launched the “Drive to 245” campaign for the 2014 midterms, which focused on securing 245 seats for the 114th Congress. At the close of the midterms, they ended up picking up 13 seats, putting their new majority to 247 seats, 2 seats above the goal. For the majority of this election cycle, we had at least 234 House seats to start with, until a turncoat in disguise switched to the GOP in December 2019 (get fucked Jeff Van Drew) and we lost one of our districts in a May 2020 special election (get your act together Christy Smith). Despite these setbacks, getting to 245 seats in the next election is possible for us to achieve, if we are smart about it.
 
In late November 2018, I began by compiling an initial list of 25 potential districts that could give us the necessary gains for us to make the necessary net gain of 10 seats to fulfill our “Drive to 245” campaign goal. I then outlined the state representatives and state senators that we have on our side that live within (or at least represent a good portion of) the identified districts in the second step, which was split into parts one and two. These local officials are often our first line of offense when it comes to selecting appropriate candidates to flip GOP congressional districts, as these people often start out with significant amounts of name recognition (at least compared to most political novices), developed campaign infrastructures, and established donor networks to draw on. In the third step, I explored four different ways that these state representatives and state senators can help promising candidates build a solid platform to flip these 25 districts, even if we are not able to recruit any of these seasoned individuals themselves. I then proceeded to identify every individual local county Democratic organization within in each of these 25 districts to determine how much of a viable network exists towards flipping any of these districts, and whether any of them appear to be fledgling and underfunded, which was split into parts one, two, and three. I then proceeded to draw up rough battle plans to recruit the best candidates that are suitable towards making the necessary gains for the proposed 245 House seats, which I covered in parts one, two, and three. Since then, I updated my list of 25 districts to better reflect the developments that have occurred since November 2018, as well as the candidates from our end that have filed in those districts. After that, I covered updated game plans for the updated 25 districts, which was again split into parts one, two, and three. Another comprehensive update to the list was conducted in early July to account for the GOP retirements, lack of Democratic candidate recruitment for several districts, and other remarkable events that have occurred, all of which have been documented in said update. From there, more detailed plans were made that illustrated the overall status of the Democratic campaigns for each of these districts, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. These plans also highlighted which candidates appeared to have the most organized campaigns for each district, and which ones out of these strongest candidates needed the most assistance in terms of fundraising. Donation plans were also made that could sufficiently help out these struggling candidates, if every active user of this subreddit took part. After that, I provided a detailed plan for defending our 5 most endangered Democratic incumbents for this cycle. I next discussed the different methods that volunteers can help out a campaign, and what good campaigns should provide in such activities to optimize their voter outreach effectiveness, both of which can be found in parts one and two. In October 2019, I then provided another comprehensive review of the 25 districts that are the most likely to flip blue and the ideal strategies to accomplish that goal, which can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. After that, I provided an update on the overall status of our top 5 most endangered incumbents, and posted a rescue plan to help out the least financially stable campaigns, both of which can be found in this post. My next step provided day-by-day calendars highlighting volunteer events within the targeted 25 districts that helped participants develop vital Democratic infrastructure in those areas. These calendars, which ran from October 31 to January 15, can be found in parts one, two, three, and four. In late January, I gave a third update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. At the start of February 2020, I gave a fresh analysis of the 25 districts with the best chances of going blue, which are provided in parts one, two, three, and four. I then jumped to a day-by-day calendar of volunteer events of congressional campaigns operating throughout the 25 districts, which was originally planned to be released in four parts. However, the quickly deteriorating COVID-19 situation has forced this series to be suspended halfway through this step. The two calendars provided in this step, which ran from February 7 to March 19, can be found here and here. In April 2020, I provided an updated study of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Later in May 2020, I provided another update on the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle and their performances. I subsequently proceeded in June 2020 to provide a list of the competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that this series targeted or defended, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four. Starting in late July 2020, I provided an updated perspective of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies for each of these districts, all of which were provided in parts one, two, three, and four. Shortly thereafter in August 2020, I provided a fresh update on the campaign status of the top 5 incumbents to defend this cycle. From there, I supplied a fresh view on the status of our campaigns in competitive state house and state senate districts that overlapped one of the 30 congressional districts that was targeted or defended by this series, which was given in parts one, two, three, and four. Next, I provided a calendar highlighting the important dates for the congressional campaigns operating within the 30 districts targeted and defended by this series. In October 2020, I provided a final comprehensive review of the 25 districts with the highest chances of flipping as well as the optimal strategies to pursue for each of these districts, which was delivered in parts one, two, three, and four.
 
This step will provide a final update on the top 5 battleground Democratic-held districts as well as our general standing in each of these districts. It will begin with a key change to take into account several developments which have occurred since the last time that this series has discussed congressional defense plans. Xochitl Torres Small from NM-02 will replace Lucy McBath from GA-06 on the list. The reasons for making this change are listed below:
  1. The race for GA-06 has moved toward us, with Sabato’s Crystal Ball recently changing their rating for this district from Lean D to Likely D. With a rating like that, and with other pundits making similar favorable changes for this district, I honestly do not see a compelling reason to keep the district on the list, while there are several districts that we hold that have moved away from us over the course of this year. NM-02 is one of these districts, with Inside Elections recently moved this district from Tilt D to a Tossup. A change like that is definitely a warning sign for us to consider and a prompt to step up our efforts there.
  2. GA-06 has trended towards us on the presidential level over the years, with the district voting for Romney by 23.3 points to narrowly voting for Trump by just 1.5 points. The district also voted for Stacey Abrams in the gubernatorial election by 3.5 points, which further indicates that it has turned against the GOP in a big way. NM-02 has exhibited the opposite trends presidentially, with the district voting for Romney by 6.8 points to voting for Trump by 10.2 points. Also, the district voted for Steve Pearce by 6.4 points in the gubernatorial election, demonstrating that it is still allied with the GOP for the time being.
  3. The reasons why GA-06 was on the top 5 endangered list in the first place was admittedly weak and a reaction to our 2017 special election loss there. Fortunately, the messaging and organization problems in that special election do not seem to be present. Also, we are already effectively using a template for defeating the GOP opponent, Karen Handel, in the same way that we did in 2018, and have plenty of new attack material to go along with it. Because of this, Karen Handel isn’t gaining any notable ground in her campaign. Conversely, the template for defeating the GOP opponent, Yvette Herrell, does not seem to be as effective, as former Democratic Representative Harry Teague endorsed Yvette Herrell’s candidacy. Developments such as this has caused Yvette Herrell’s campaign to gain some momentum during the past several months, especially over oil and natural gas issues.
 
Now that I have explained my reasoning for the change, the overall status of the top 5 vulnerable incumbents where our help will be the most valued will now be covered. The 5 endangered districts in question, all of which we flipped in 2018, are: NM-02, NY-22, SC-01, OK-05, and UT-04. In particular, the incumbents from SC-01, OK-05, and UT-04 are first term representatives that reside in a state that has a GOP-held U.S. Senate seat up in 2022. This means that if any of these three incumbents get re-elected, they will most certainly be considered as viable candidates to run for these seats, which could significantly improve our performance in the 2022 cycle, a cycle where most of our best Senate pickups reside. So there is a rather high reward to successfully defending these incumbents for the purposes of building benches that are generally small on our end for those states.
For this step, the attributes provided for each of the 5 battleground districts include the incumbent’s campaign website, the incumbent’s cumulative fundraising numbers according to the Q3 reports, the cumulative Q3 2020 fundraising figures of each GOP nominee, the Cook PVI, and the bluest rating that the political pundits have issued. An updated analysis is also included below this data to provide the incumbent’s overall status, as well as an overall strategy to optimize Democratic organization efforts in the district in question. For the case of Xochitl Torres Small, a list of counties that her district at least partially covers will be provided to get it up to speed with the other four districts. As with previous county lists that this series have covered, a minus sign next to the county denotes the fact that the Democratic party for that county does not have an official website, meaning that the Democratic county party is most likely underfunded (or at least lacking in web design). For those counties, the Facebook website has been provided for that county, if available. If an official Democratic County website is available for any of the "minused" counties, providing this would be highly appreciated.
NM-02 (Xochitl Torres Small, R+6, Lean D):
Bernalillo County: https://bernalillodems.org/ Catron County (-): https://www.facebook.com/Democratic-Party-of-Catron-County-299589013830152/ Chaves County: https://democraticpartyofchavescounty.org/ Cibola County (-): https://www.facebook.com/CibolaCountyDems/ De Baca County (-): No Website Found Doña Ana County: http://donaanademocrats.com/ Eddy County (-): No Website Found Grant County: https://www.gcdp-nm.org/ Guadalupe County (-): No Website Found Hidalgo County (-): No Website Found Lea County: https://www.leacountydems.com/ Lincoln County: https://www.dplcnm.org/ Luna County: https://www.lunacountydemocrats.com/ McKinley County: https://mckinleycountydemocrats.org/ Otero County: http://www.dpoc.org/ Roosevelt County (-): https://www.facebook.com/rooseveltcountydemocrats/ Sierra County: https://sierracountynewmexicodemocrats.org/ Socorro County (-): https://www.facebook.com/groups/SocorroDems/ Valencia County: https://www.valenciademocrats.org/
Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $6,980,281
GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Yvette Herrell: $2,339,800
Campaign Website: https://www.xochforcongress.com/
As of now, the race is leaning towards Xochitl Torres Small’s way, but Yvette Herrell should not be underestimated at all due to the GOP-favored nationalization that is taking place in this district. Xochitl Torres Small’s fundraising numbers are very good at this point in the election cycle, meaning that she is well prepared to get out the vote in a greater magnitude than she did in 2018. The latest polls for this district show Xochitl Torres Small with a slight edge over Yvette Herrell, which prompts a need to proceed at full organizing strength to hold this district. These efforts should be focused on Catron, Cibola, De Baca, Eddy, Guadalupe, Hidalgo, Roosevelt, and Socorro Counties, as the Democratic county parties there are rather underfunded. Bolstering our efforts in these areas would help improve our margins for this district.
NY-22 (Anthony Brindisi, R+6, Tossup):
Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $5,083,017
GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Claudia Tenney: $1,850,562
Campaign Website: https://www.brindisiforcongress.com/
Right now, the race remains no worse than a pure Tossup since the GOP nominee, Claudia Tenney, has a very clear history of underperforming the Republican baseline and has committed a few mishaps throughout her campaign. These mishaps include a botched rollout, her stances against federal aid for state and local governments, and her well-known anti-Italian comments. Anthony Brindisi’s fundraising pace is decent at this point in the election cycle, and the latest polling for this district shows him with a sizable lead. Finally, recent reports say that the local Democratic infrastructure in Cortland County has improved since January 2020. However, additional support should go to Chenango and Herkimer Counties, as the Democratic county parties there are rather underfunded. A little targeted support in these counties can noticeably improve our margins there.
SC-01 (Joe Cunningham, R+10, Lean D):
Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $5,970,912
GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Nancy Mace: $4,385,905
Campaign Website: https://www.joecunninghamforcongress.com/
This particular race has quickly begun to lean our way, with the latest polls showing Joe Cunningham with at least a slight edge. However, Nancy Mace, the GOP nominee, is a relative moderate with regards to abortion. She recently fought to include exceptions for rape and incest, and she will almost certainly will use this to further her appeal to the general election voters. Also, Nancy Mace does not seem prone to making any obvious gaffes or alienating any moderate GOP voters, unlike Katie Arrington who made some considerable mistakes in both of these categories after her successful primary challenge against Mark Sanford in 2018. Finally, Nancy Mace has a rather strong military background from her background of being the Citadel’s first female graduate, which is political gold in a pro-military state like South Carolina. Fortunately, Joe Cunningham’s fundraising pace is still excellent, his advertising is top-notch, and local sources say that he is generally well-liked and responsive to constituent concerns. Also, recent reports state that the local Democratic infrastructure in Berkeley County has improved since August 2019. However, additional grassroots efforts should be made in Colleton County, as the Democratic county party there is rather underfunded. The district is a crucial area for South Carolina Democrats to build a future offensive towards turning the state blue in 10 years from now, and losing it would set them a long way back from doing so.
OK-05 (Kendra Horn, R+10, Tossup):
Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $5,120,012
GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Stephanie Bice: $2,761,427
Campaign Website: https://www.kendrahornforcongress.com/
We definitely need to be at the top of our game for this district, as Kendra Horn is currently slightly trailing Stephanie Bice, the GOP nominee, according to the district’s latest polls. First of all, Kendra Horn’s vote to impeach Trump has definitely hurt her standing with the district’s voters, particularly among the independent electorate. Also, Kendra Horn rode on Drew Edmondson’s coattails in her 2018 run, and her margin of victory was smaller than Drew Edmondson’s gubernatorial campaign was (50.7%-49.3% compared to 53.9%-43.7%). And most recently, Kendra Horn is taking some fire for her votes to limit drilling on some federal lands, which does not go well in Oklahoma due to the state’s energy-dependent economy. Fortunately, Kendra Horn’s fundraising continues to be excellent so we still have a decent chance to hold this district. Organization in Pottawatomie and Seminole Counties needs to be improved, as the Democratic county parties there are underfunded and need resources to keep the GOP margins there down. Given that we have continued to lose ground at the state legislative level in the 2018 midterms, keeping this seat is crucial to keeping a modicum of a bench for the next decade.
UT-04 (Ben McAdams, R+13, Lean D):
Q3 Fundraising Numbers: $4,823,199
GOP Q3 Fundraising Numbers: Burgess Owens: $3,564,939
Campaign Website: https://www.benmcadams.com/
Burgess Owens, the GOP nominee, has taken some heat for his QAnon ties, which should help us in this race. Another recent event in our favor is United Utah Party candidate Jonia Broderick’s withdrawal from the general election and endorsement of Ben McAdams’ re-election campaign, which will add more moderate votes to Ben McAdams’ column. However, the most recent polls suggest that Burgess Owens and Ben McAdams are running roughly even with each other and would depend on whether Democrats or Republicans turn out in better numbers in November. So Ben McAdams still has an uphill battle to climb in the last weeks of this election cycle. Fortunately, Ben McAdams is still posting excellent fundraising numbers, and this is one of the few districts where there are still a considerable number of ticket-splitting voters. Organization should take place in Juab and Sanpete Counties, as the Democratic parties there are underfunded and could additional grassroots help. Given that Utah politics does not exactly follow the same red shade as those from the other red states, keeping this district would be key to winning over the 2016 McMullin voters for future election cycles.
 
And thus we come the end of this step. The next step will provide a final update on the competitive state house and state senate districts that lie within or near the 30 congressional districts that this series is targeting and defending. So please stay tuned for that! Any corrections or comments are welcome.
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2020.10.20 22:34 61bautograder Dylan O'Brien will be speaking at the Berkeley Forum for a live-streamed event. Link: https://fb.me/e/4L7Vm5LwK Date: October 27th, 2020 Time: 5:00 PM, PDT

Dylan O'Brien will be speaking at the Berkeley Forum for a live-streamed event. Link: https://fb.me/e/4L7Vm5LwK Date: October 27th, 2020 Time: 5:00 PM, PDT submitted by 61bautograder to berkeley [link] [comments]


2020.10.19 23:05 NamNguyen56 fan Kamala Harris is Communist, why did no one (except President Trump) say it?

fan Kamala Harris is Communist, why did no one (except President Trump) say it?


fan Kamala Harris is Communist, why did no one (except President Trump) say it? On Fox Business Network's "Mornings with Maria" on October 8, President Donald Trump described Democratic vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) As a "communist; She has left Bernie (Sanders)! "The president went on to quote Senator Harris 'stance, actually even more extreme than Senators Bernie Sanders' (I-Vt.), Or Elizabeth Warren's (D-Mass.).)
But there are six more convincing evidence to show that, yes, Kamala Harris is indeed Communist.
1 / Left-Left
Parents Harris's parents, her mother Shyamala Gopalan, an Indian cancer researcher and Donald Harris, a Jamaican economist, are both tough leftists.
In the early 1960s, the couple was active in the Berkeley African American Association.
According to a former member, Aubrey LaBrie, “Fidel Castro and Che Guevara are heroes of some of us. ... We talked about black Muslims, the liberation movements going on in Africa, everything. "
The leader of the group, Donald Warden, advised two young African-American Association members Huey Newton and Bobby Seale, who would form the Black Panther party in 1966. The Panthers follow the Maoist philosophy. and support communist China. They serve as role models for today's Black Lives Matter movement.
Years later, the Warden (then known as Khalid al-Mansour) played a role in helping Barack Obama enter Harvard Law School.
In 1975, Donald Harris was recruited into the Stanford University economics department as an open Marxist.
2 / Pro-Communist Boyfriend
After joining the radical student union at Howard University, Kamala Harris returned to the Bay Area to begin his legal career. Harris, 30, has aroused public opinion when dating Willie Brown, 60, a leading member of the California Democratic Party, is about to become mayor of San Francisco.
Brown has helped Harris's career and put her on several board positions, and received a salary of around $ 400,000 over five years, according to San Francisco Weekly.
Brown is a longtime communist sympathizer. For the first time, he was elected to the public office with the help of the American Communist Party's youth. He was awarded the Lenin Prize by Dr. Carlton Goodlett, the owner of a communist newspaper, by the former Soviet government.
A few years after his affair with Harris, Brown still publicly funded the Communist Party's fundraising activities in the Bay Area while serving as mayor of San Francisco.
Today, Brown is considered by many to be one of the best friends of the Chinese Communist Party in the Gulf.
3 / The person was led by Kamala Harris close to the communists
While working as a San Francisco district attorney, Harris advised a young San Francisco activist named Lateefah Simon. After hiring her and helping Simon attend college, Harris introduced his young friend to many influential people in San Franciscans. Today, Simon is president of the left-wing Akonadi Foundation and chair of the Gulf Express Transport (BART) board.
When Harris first met Simon, the young woman served on the board of directors at the Oakland-based Youth Empowerment Center. Every other member of the board - Harmony Goldberg, Adam Gold, Cindy Wiesner and later, Obama Green Jobs Czar Van Jones - were members of the Communist group Maoist "Organizing a Revolutionary Together" ( Standing Together to Organize a Revolutionary Movement) (STORM).
Gold is today a member of the LeftRoots, a group affiliated with the Liberation Road group, which supports the Communist Party of China.
Simon is a close friend of another LeftRoots member, the founder of Black Lives Matter, Alicia Garza.
Harris openly supports the Black Lives Matter and remains close to Simon and Garza. In return, Garza is a longtime friend and colleague of Comrade Alex Tom of LeftRoots - who has close ties to the China Progressive Association and the Chinese Consulate in San Francisco.
4 / Financial sponsors under the Communist
Maya Harris, Harris's sister, is a student activist at Stanford University. She is a friend of Steve Phillips, one of the top Marxist-Leninists in the school and a longtime member of the pro-China League of Revolutionary Struggle group.
According to Phillips
' "Politics Intelligence" blog: "First, let me make it clear that I'm out of the Left. I learned Marx, Mao and Lenin. In college, I organized unity efforts for the libertarian struggles in South Africa and Nicaragua, and I spoke to people who considered themselves communists and revolutionaries ..., and I did. does her research on the Black Panther Party. "
After leaving Stanford in the early 1990s, Phillips directed many of his comrades to the Democrats. He is also married to the Sandler billionaire family, which gives the young revolutionary a significant political influence.
Sandler's money has funded the American Progress Center, ProPublica, and numerous candidates and voting initiatives across the country. In 2008, Phillips spent $ 10 million through his PowerPAC-plus on voter registrations in the southern and southwestern states, helping his friend Barack Obama outdo Hillary Clinton in the election. primary election of the Democratic Party.
In 2013, Phillips helped elect his old Stanford friend Cory Booker to the US Senate from New Jersey. In 2018, he almost put his guardians Stacey Abrams and Andrew Gillum as governors of Georgia and Florida, respectively.
Phillips is a friend of the Harris family and helped Maya Harris' husband Tony West become the deputy attorney general in the Obama administration. He is also the main sponsor of the political career of Kamala Harris.
In 2003, Phillips helped Harris win the election, serving as a San Francisco county attorney. Ironically, she defeated incumbent Terence Hallinan, who was a young communist who helped Willie Brown win her first election.
Phillips' PowerPAC-plus helped Harris win the election, served as California Attorney General in 2010 and then to the US Senate in 2016.
5 / Chief of the Secretariat to the Communist
In the early 2000s, current director at Harris's Karine Jean-Pierre is active with the New York-based Haitian Support Network. The organization worked closely with the pro-China / North Korean Workers' World Party and backed Jean-Bertrand Aristide, the former left-right president of Haiti and his radical Lavalas era.
In April 2004, at the Whitman Theater at Brooklyn University, 2,000 people gathered to listen to a program titled "An Evening with Friends of Haiti: The Truth Behind the Haitian Coup".
The protest was co-chaired by Jean-Pierre and Kim Ives of the Haitian Support Network, along with Pat Chin and Sara Flounders from the Workers World Party.
In May 2004, Jean-Pierre joined a delegation to Haiti with two famous comrades of the World Workers Party, Steve Gillis and LeiLani Dowell.
Around the same time, Jean-Pierre was working for friendly New York City Council member James Sanders. Her duties as part of his reelection campaign included working with the local branch of the highly discredited "community organization" ACORN.
6 / The husband is close to the communist party
Doug Emhoff, Harris's husband of law firm DLA Piper, “boasts nearly 30 years of experience in China and more than 140 lawyers specializing in the 'China Investment Services' branch,” according to National Pulse.
National Pulse continued:
“To facilitate the operations of DLA Piper's China - which has received numerous prestigious awards from the China Business Law Review and Chinese Law and Practice - the company employs one a series of former Chinese Communist Party officials.
“Ernest Yang, who served as the company's Head of Legal & Legal and Co-Head of the International Arbitration Committee, was appointed to the People's Political Consultative Conference of China (CPPCC) in 2013. CPPCC serves as the top advisory committee to the Chinese Communist Party, and Yang was promoted to the agency's Standing Committee in 2019.
“Jessica Zhao, Senior Advisor, served as Deputy Secretary-General of the Commission China International Economic and Trade Arbitration (CIETAC), a government-owned body established by the Chinese Communist Party in 1956. It was developed under the auspices of China Promotion Council. International Trade, 'China trade promotion enhancement government agency.'
Several other senior DLA Piper employees, both Chinese and US citizens, served the Chinese regime. Emhoff quit her job at the company in August, The American Law reported.
7 / Does anyone have background checks?
If Biden is elected president, then within a note, Harris will become the female president of the United States.
If Harris applies for an intermediate job in the Department of Agriculture, she will almost certainly fail the security background check. She owes her entire career to those who agree or actively support the Communist Party of China.
Fortunately for her (and possibly catastrophic for the country), elected office-holders are not subject to a security check.
President Trump said, "If Joe Biden is elected, China will own America."
Biden chose the ideal vice president to help China do this.
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2020.10.19 12:33 CoinEx_Institution RESEARCH REPORT ABOUT OASIS LABS NETWORK

RESEARCH REPORT ABOUT OASIS LABS NETWORK
Author: Gamals Ahmed, CoinEx Business Ambassador
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ABSTRACT

Oasis Network is a privacy-focused smart contract platform for open finance built using the Cosmos SDK. The project prioritizes applications and use-cases that promote data privacy and user confidentiality. It aims to achieve this goal by separating its consensus layer from its contract execution layer while providing a built-in interface connecting the two for privacy-preserving computation. The consensus layer acts as a hub that uses a Proof-of-Stake (PoS) mechanism to secure the network and reach a consensus on transaction validity. The execution layer consists of multiple, parallel runtimes (called ParaTimes) for specialized computation needs that each plug into the consensus layer.

1.INTRODUCTION

The Internet is an amazing platform for innovation, creativity, and free expression. Yet, its empowering design elements, like the end-to-end principle and global interoperability, have yet to be unleashed in truly transformative ways.
Oasis believe in building new technology that can give us a better Internet experience. One that transforms “users” into edge clients, and enables them to take back control of their data, and their digital experiences. One that fully respects individual privacy and autonomy, while still supporting amazing apps and services.
To get there, oasis’s team are fostering the development and growth of a privacy-first, decentralized computational network. A network that will grow and evolve with the inclusive community of developers, thinkers, and leaders who maintain it.
The Oasis Protocol Foundation looks to support projects focused on making that privacy-first Internet a reality. From building privacy-preserving applications, to developing more powerful tools for the network, to improving how it operates.
High-Level Components
At the highest level, Oasis Core is divided into two major layers: the consensus layer and the runtime layer as shown on the figure above.
The idea behind the consensus layer is to provide a minimal set of features required to securely operate independent runtimes running in the runtime layer. It provides the following services:
  • Epoch-based time keeping and a random beacon.
  • Basic staking operations required to operate a PoS blockchain.
  • An entity, node and runtime registry that distributes public keys and metadata.
  • Runtime committee scheduling, commitment processing and minimal state keeping.
On the other side, each runtime defines its own state and state transitions independent from the consensus layer, submitting only short proofs that computations were performed and results were stored. This means that runtime state and logic are completely decoupled from the consensus layer, and the consensus layer only provides information on what state (summarized by a cryptographic hash of a Merklized data structure) is considered canonical at any given point in time.

1.1 OVERVIEW ABOUT THE OASIS NETWORK

Designed for the next generation of blockchain, the Oasis Network is the first privacy-enabled blockchain platform for open finance and a responsible data economy. Combined with its high throughput and secure architecture, the Oasis Network is able to power private, scalable DeFi, revolutionizing Open Finance and expanding it beyond traders and early adopters to a mass market. Its unique privacy features can not only redefine DeFi, but also create a new type of digital asset called Tokenized Data that can enable users to take control of the data they generate and earn rewards for staking it with applications — creating the first ever-responsible data economy.
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1.1.1 OASIS HISTORY

Oasis Labs, the core developer of the Oasis Network, was founded in 2018 by University of California at Berkeley professor Dawn Song. The development team raised $45 million from a16z cypto, Polychain Capital, and Binance Labs, among others, to support initial protocol development.
Oasis Network is a privacy-focused smart contract platform for open finance built using the Cosmos SDK. The project prioritizes applications and use-cases that promote data privacy and user confidentiality. Since Oasis uses the Cosmos SDK, it will eventually be able to connect to the broader ecosystem of Cosmos-enabled chains (called zones) once the IBC (Inter Blockchain Communication) Protocol launches.
Oasis differentiated itself by separating its consensus layer from its contract execution layer. These separate layers give Oasis the flexibility to support multiple, customizable runtimes (which it calls ParaTimes). This model is similar to how Avalanches features various subnets or how Polkadot secures and connects independent parachains.
Oasis’ privacy features create a new type of digital asset called ‘Tokenized Data’ that can enable users to take control of the data they generate and earn rewards for staking it with applications — creating an incentivized data economy. By supporting confidential smart contracts, data is kept private while being processed. This provides end-to-end data confidentiality on the blockchain, unlocking potential DeFi use-cases such as under-collateralized lending and prevention of front/back running.

1.1.2 WHY THE OASIS NETWORK?

  • First Privacy-Enabled Blockchain: The Oasis Network is the world’s first scalable, privacy-enabled blockchain. ParaTimes on the Oasis Network can leverage confidential computing technology such as secure enclaves to keep data confidential — unlocking new use cases and applications for blockchain.
  • Scalable, Private DeFi: The Oasis Network’s privacy-first design can expand DeFi beyond traders and early adopters — unlocking a new mainstream market. Plus its innovative scalability design brings fast speeds and high-throughput to DeFi transactions.
  • First to Enable Data Tokenization: The Oasis Network can Tokenize Data, unlocking game changing use cases for blockchain, and an entirely new ecosystem of apps and projects on the network — powering the next generation of privacy-first applications.
  • Rapidly Growing Community: The Oasis Network has a thriving community of close to a thousand node operators, developers, enterprise partners, ambassadors, and nearly ten thousand community members engaged in global social channels.
  • Top-Tier Team: The Oasis Team is made up of top talent from around the world with backgrounds from Apple, Google, Amazon, Goldman Sachs, UC Berkeley, Carnegie Mellon, Stanford, Harvard and more — all committed to growing and expanding the impact of the Oasis Network.

1.1.3 CONSENSUS AND EMISSION

  • General Emission Type: Inflationary
  • Precise Emission Type: Dynamic Emission
  • Supply Cap: 10,000,000,000.00
1. Supply Curve Details
About two billion ROSE tokens will be paid out as inflation rewards to stakers and delegators for contributing resources to the network.
Not all tokens have been released publicly or will be released publicly by mainnet launch. Due to release schedules and locks, only a fraction of the total existing token supply will be in circulation at the time of its mainnet launch. Tokens set aside for Staking Rewards will be disbursed in accordance with on-chain mining mechanisms, which are calculated based on how many blocks are produced, how many nodes are participating in staking, and how many tokens are staked.
2. Consensus Information
  • General Consensus: Proof-of-Stake
  • Precise Consensus: Tendermint BFT
3. Consensus Details
1. PoS and Validator Committee
Tokens can be self-delegated directly by each node operator or delegated to a node operator by other token holders. While the Oasis Network is designed with a modular architecture (by way of the Cosmos SDK) that can use any consensus system that satisfies these properties, it currently uses Tendermint as its consensus algorithm.
Validators must stake a minimum of 100 tokens to contribute to the network’s security. Each entity can have at most one node elected to the consensus committee at a time. Oasis Labs expects 70–100 validators to participate in the network’s consensus committee at launch. The chance of being selected for the committee will be proportional to a validator’s stake weight (self-staked amount plus delegated stake).
2. Staking Rewards Details
At launch, the network will target an inflation rate between 2% and 15%, with validator reward amounts dependent on the length of time staked. In order to be eligible for staking rewards per epoch, a node would need to sign at least 75% of blocks in that epoch.
The network will only slash for double-signing at launch. Double-signing penalties will result in the loss of the minimum stake amount (100 tokens) and will also freeze the node. Freezing the node is a precaution in order to prevent the node from being over-penalized. The Network will not slash for liveness or uptime at launch. Oasis will also require a 14-day unbonding period should validators or delegators choose to move their staked funds. During this time, staked tokens are at risk of getting slashed for double-signing and do not accrue rewards during this time.
3. Consensus Voting Power
The current voting power mechanism is stake-weighted. This means that the consensus voting power of a validator is proportional to its stake. In this model, the network will require signatures by validators representing greater than two-thirds of the total stake of the committee to sign a block. Note that in Tendermint, a validator’s opportunities to propose a block in the round-robin block proposer order are also proportional to its voting power.

1.1.4 NEW APPLICATION DOMAINS

Scalable, Private DeFi
The Oasis Network is designed to support confidential smart contracts, allowing it to keep data private while being processed. By providing end-to-end data confidentiality on Blockchain, the Oasis Network unlocks new and exciting use cases in DeFi. From under-collateralized lending to preventing front/back running, the Oasis Network can help expand DeFi beyond traders and early adopters to a mainstream market.

Example of how privacy can unlock new markets for DeFi
The network’s cutting-edge scalable features can help unblock DeFi as it works today, fixing the high-transaction fees and slow throughput currently plaguing other Layer 1 networks. Combined, Oasis’ unique ability to provide scalable, private DeFi is expected to make it the leading platform for unlocking the next generation of DeFi markets and use cases.

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Data Tokenization & A Responsible Data Economy
The Oasis Network’s combination of confidential computing and blockchain enables a new paradigm called Tokenized Data. Blockchain allows for logging and enforcement of usage policies with high integrity and auditability. Confidential computing ensures that data remains private during computation and cannot be reused without permission. This capsule of data + policies creates a new kind of digital asset that can be consumed along specific guidelines for a specific fee or exchange of value.
With Tokenized Data, the Oasis Network can power the next generation of privacy-first applications and unlock a new responsible data society. Data providers on the Oasis Network can put their Tokenized Data to use. They can earn rewards by staking their data with apps that want to analyze it or control how their most sensitive information is consumed by the services they use.
Data providers can earn rewards from staking their data capsules.

2. TECHNOLOGY

The Oasis Network separates consensus and execution into two layers, the Consensus Layer and The ParaTime Layer, which gives the network a more flexible (and potentially versatile) design. Separation of consensus and execution allows ParaTimes to process transactions in parallel, meaning workloads processed on one ParaTime won’t slow down or impact another.
  • The Consensus Layer accepts values from its clients (the ParaTimes) and writes these values into the next block of the blockchain. It also manages ROSE token operations and the selection of validators for the ParaTime consensus committee.
  • The ParaTime Layer is where smart contract execution occurs. Each ParaTime can be developed in isolation to meet the needs of a specific application, such as confidential computation and open or closed committees.
Discrepancy Detection Discrepancy detection is the verifiable computing technique that Oasis uses to verify ParaTime execution. It permits the use of smaller ParaTime committees and requires a smaller replication factor for the same level of security, which according to the team, is more efficient than sharding or parachain models. The two key features include (1) random selection of compute nodes from a population to form a compute committee and (2) accepting the results only if all committee members agree. If there is a discrepancy, a separate protocol called “discrepancy resolution” is enabled. which serves as another security parameter.
ParaTime Logic and Tooling Oasis can support various forms of confidential computing technology through its flexible ParaTime system. For example, The Oasis Eth/WASI Runtime uses secure enclaves to keep data private while being processed.
Oasis Network also supports a number of tools and SDKs to assist developers in building applications. These SDKs rely on differential privacy that aims to protect individual data. The platform supports smart contracts in RUST. It also has a ParaTime that offers backward compatibility with Ethereum, which would allow Ethereum developers to migrate existing
contracts with minimal code changes. In addition, developers can build applications using existing Ethereum tools such as Truffle and Metamask.

2.1 THE OASIS NETWORK’S ARCHITECTURE

The Oasis Network is a Layer 1 decentralized blockchain network designed to be uniquely scalable, privacy-first and versatile.
The Network has two main architectural components, the Consensus Layer and the ParaTime Layer.
  1. The Consensus Layer is a scalable, high-throughput, secure, proof-of-stake consensus run by a decentralized set of validator nodes.
  2. The ParaTime Layer hosts many parallel runtimes (ParaTimes), each representing a replicated compute environment with shared state.
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2.1.1 CONSENSUS LAYER

Oasis Core is designed around the principle of modularity. The consensus layer is an interface that provides a number of important services to other parts of Oasis Core. This allows, in theory, for the consensus backend to be changed. The different backends live in go/consensus, with the general interfaces in go/consensus/api. The general rule is that anything outside of a specific consensus backend package should be consensus backend agnostic.
Currently the only supported consensus backend is Tendermint, a BFT consensus protocol. For this reason some API surfaces may not be fully consensus backend agnostic.
  • Each consensus backend needs to provide the following services:
  • Epoch Time, an epoch-based time keeping service.
  • Random Beacon, a source of randomness for other services.
  • Staking, operations required to operate a PoS blockchain.
  • Registry, an entity/node/runtime public key and metadata registry service.
  • Committee Scheduler service.
  • Root Hash, runtime commitment processing and minimal runtime state keeping service.
  • Key Manager policy state keeping service.
Each of the above services provides methods to query its current state. In order to mutate the current state, each operation needs to be wrapped into a consensus transaction and submitted to the consensus layer for processing.
Oasis Core defines an interface for each kind of service (in go//api), with all concrete service implementations living together with the consensus backend implementation. The service API defines the transaction format for mutating state together with any query methods (both are consensus backend agnostic).

2.1.2 RUNTIME HOST PROTOCOL

The Runtime Host Protocol (RHP) is a simple RPC protocol, which is used to communicate between a runtime and an Oasis Core Compute Node.
Transport
The RHP assumes a reliable byte stream oriented transport underneath. The only current implementation uses AF_LOCAL sockets and Fortanix ABI streams backed by shared memory to communicate with runtimes inside Intel SGX enclaves.
Operation
RHP allows two forms of communication:
  • Host-to-runtime where the host (compute node) submits requests to the runtime to handle and the runtime provides responses. All such request messages are prefixed with Runtime.
  • Runtime-to-host where the runtime submits requests to the host and the host provides responses. All such request messages are prefixed with Host.
In its lifetime, from connection establishment to its termination, the RHP connection goes through the following states:
  • Uninitialized is the default state of a newly created connection. In this state the connection could be used either on the runtime side or the host side. To proceed to the next state, the connection must be initialized either as a runtime or as a host. The Rust implementation only supports runtime mode while the Go implementation can be initialized in either mode by using either InitHost or InitGuest.
  • Initializing is the state when the connection is being initialized (see below for details). After a connection has been successfully initialized it will transition into ready state. If the initialization failed, it will instead transition into closed state.
  • Ready is the state when the connection can be used to exchange messages in either direction.
  • Closed is the state of the connection after it is considered closed. No messages may be exchanged at this point.
If either the runtime or the host generates an invalid message, either end may terminate the connection (and/or the runtime process).
Initialization
Before a connection can be used, it must be initialized as either representing the runtime end or the host (compute node) end. The Rust implementation only supports being initialized as the runtime and the Go implementation is currently only used as the host. If one uses the oasis-core-runtime crate to build a runtime, initialization is handled automatically.
The host drives the initialization procedure and it proceeds as follows:
  • The host sends RuntimeInfoRequest providing the runtime with its designated identifier. The identifier comes from the registry service in the consensus layer.
  • The runtime must reply with a RuntimeInfoResponse specifying its own version and the version of the runtime host protocol that it supports. If the protocol version is incompatible, initialization fails.
After the initialization procedure, the connection can be used for other messages. In case the runtime is running in a trusted execution environment (TEE) like Intel SGX, the next required step is to perform remote attestation.
Identifiers
Identifiers for runtimes are represented by the common.Namespace type.
The first 64 bits are reserved for specifying flags expressing various properties of the runtime, and the last 192 bits are used as the runtime identifier.
Currently the following flags are defined (bit positions assume the flags vector is interpreted as an unsigned 64 bit big endian integer):
  • Bit 63: The runtime is a test runtime and not for production networks.
  • Bit 62: The runtime is a key manager runtime.
  • Bits 61–0: Reserved for future expansion and MUST be set to 0.
Note: Unless the registry consensus parameter DebugAllowTestRuntimes is set, attempts to register a test runtime will be rejected.
Serialization
All messages exchanged by different components in Oasis Core are encoded using canonical CBOR as defined by RFC 7049.
When describing different messages in the documentation, we use Go structs with field annotations that specify how different fields translate to their encoded form.

2.2 BENEFITS OF THE OASIS NETWORK TECHNOLOGY STACK

2.2.1 SCALABILITY

The Oasis Network’s impressive scalability is achieved through a cutting-edge set of features that provide faster transaction speeds and higher throughput than other networks. The top-tier performance of the network is largely due to its separation of compute and consensus operations into the Consensus Layer and ParaTime Layer. This separation allows multiple ParaTimes to process transactions in parallel, meaning complex workloads processed on one ParaTime won’t slow down faster, simpler transactions on another. Plus, the network’s sophisticated discrepancy detection makes Oasis more efficient than sharding and parachains — requiring a smaller replication factor for the same level of security.
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2.2.2 PRIVACY-FIRST

The Oasis Network designed the first ever confidential ParaTime with support for confidential smart contracts. In a confidential ParaTime, nodes are required to use a type of secure computing technology called a TEE (Trusted Execution Environment.) TEEs act as a hypothetical black box for smart contract execution in a confidential ParaTime. Encrypted data goes into the black box along with the smart contract, data is decrypted, processed by the smart contract, and then encrypted before it is sent out of the TEE. This process ensures that data remains confidential, and is never leaked to the node operator or application developer
The Oasis Eth/WASI Runtime is an open source example of a confidential ParaTime that uses Intel SGX. Other secure compute technology, such as ZKP, HE, or other secure enclaves, can also be used. In the future we hope to support additional computation techniques such as secure multi-party compute, federated learning and more.
Confidentiality unlocks a range of new use cases on blockchain by allowing personal or sensitive data, such as their social security number, bank statements, health information to be used by apps on the Oasis Network — something incredibly risky on other Layer 1 networks.
https://preview.redd.it/46g0motb41u51.jpg?width=1268&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=0a2bd0855ed1b00636d84016c6a1616c4af84a45

2.2.3 VERSATILITY

Designed to support the next generation of blockchain applications, the Oasis Network is incredibly versatile, agile, and customizable. Namely, each ParaTime can be developed in isolation to meet the needs of a specific application. ParaTimes committees can be made large or small, open or closed, allowing for faster or more secure execution depending on the requirements of a particular use case. Nodes can be required to have specific hardware, such as Secure Enclaves in a confidential ParaTime. Each ParaTime can similarly run different Runtime VMs (ParaTime Engines) such as EVM backwards compatible engine, Rust based smart contract language, or a Data tokenization engine. Finally to support enterprise and developer use cases, ParaTimes can be made Permissioned or Permissionless — allowing consortiums to have their own closed ParaTime, or communities to have full decentralized open ParaTimes.
The versatility of the ParaTime Layer allows the Oasis Network to expand and grow to address a broad set of new and exciting use cases, while still maintaining the same core ledger and consensus layer.

2.3 TECHNOLOGY HIGHLIGHTS

  • Separates consensus and execution into two layers — the Consensus Layer and The ParaTime Layer — for better scalability and increased versatility.
  • Separation of consensus and execution allows multiple ParaTimes to process transactions in parallel, meaning complex workloads processed on one ParaTime won’t slow down faster, simpler transactions on another.
  • The ParaTime Layer is entirely decentralized, allowing anyone to develop and build their own ParaTime. Each ParaTime can be developed in isolation to meet the needs of a specific application, such as confidential compute, open or closed committees, and more.
  • The network’s sophisticated discrepancy detection makes Oasis more efficient than sharding and parachains — requiring a smaller replication factor for the same level of security.
  • The network has broad support for confidential computing technology. The Oasis Eth/WASI Runtime is an open source example of a confidential ParaTime that uses secure enclaves to keep data private while being processed.

2.4 THE FOUR KEY REASONS FOR THE DUAL-LAYER DESIGN ARE:

1. Confidentiality — Oasis’ ParaTimes have support for key management and TEEs like Intel SGX in order to allow for end-to-end confidentiality and data ownership on the network.
2. Versatility & Resilience — Oasis can support a wide variety of use cases without needing to go through hard-forks or large updates.
3. Performance — Throughput issues are reduced or avoided creating a faster Network that is less prone to congestion.
4. Auditability — ParaTime state and execution can be trusted because each ParaTime can be audited and verified independently, without sharing state publicly.
Anyone can build a runtime and add it to the Consensus layer.
Oasis Labs’ Data Sovereignty Runtime will provide a confidential compute and storage layer for developers who plan to run confidential smart contracts on Oasis. This runtime allows developers to “take advantage of confidential computation and secure computing techniques while the blockchain technology is abstracted away.” The potential applications for ParaTimes are extensive: ParaTimes are already being used by teams in the genomics, hospital management, credit scoring, and financial services industries.
Other ParaTimes in development include the SecondState Virtual Machine (SSVM), a fully-featured Ethereum WebAssembly (Ewasm) Virtual Machine.

2.5 CRYPTOGRAPHY

2.5.1 HASH FUNCTIONS

In most places where cryptographic hashes are required, they use the SHA-512/256 hash function as specified in FIPS 180–4.

2.5.2 SIGNATURES

All cryptographic signatures are made using the Ed25519 (pure) scheme specified in RFC 8032.

2.5.3 DOMAIN SEPARATION

When signing messages and verifying signatures we require the use of a domain separation context in order to make sure the messages cannot be repurposed in a different protocol.
The domain separation scheme adds a preprocessing step to any signing and verification operation. The step computes the value that is then signed/verified using Ed25519 as usual.

2.6 OASIS NODE

RPC
Oasis Node exposes an RPC interface to enable external applications to query current consensus and runtime states, submit transactions, etc.
The RPC interface is ONLY exposed via an AF_LOCAL socket called internal.sock located in the node’s data directory. This interface should NEVER be directly exposed over the network as it has no authentication and allows full control, including shutdown, of a node.
In order to support remote clients and different protocols (e.g. REST), a gateway that handles things like authentication and rate limiting should be used.
WHY RUN A NODE?
  • All ParaTimes rely on the security of the underlying Oasis blockchain for their auditability. Running a validator on the Oasis blockchain is a way to support all ParaTimes.
  • Per the design of the Oasis Protocol, running a validator entitles a participant to earn more rewards for helping secure the network than delegation. Validators share inflationary rewards with their delegators but not the transaction fee earnings. The more ParaTimes on Oasis, the more transactions there will be, and the more advantageous it becomes for network participants to run a validator.
  • ParaTime operators will ultimately need to have individuals run nodes on their ParaTime and may look to the Oasis validator list to identify reliable infrastructure providers for support. Those already running an Oasis validator will be well-positioned to be selected to operate those new nodes, for which they may earn additional fees.

2.7 PROTOCOL

Like other parts of Oasis Core, the RPC interface exposed by Oasis Node uses the gRPC protocol with the CBOR codec (instead of Protocol Buffers).

2.7.1 AUTHENTICATED GRPC

Oasis Core nodes communicate between themselves over various protocols. One of those protocols is gRPC which is currently used for the following:
  • Compute nodes talking to storage nodes.
  • Compute nodes talking to key manager nodes.
  • Key manager nodes talking to other key manager nodes.
  • Clients talking to compute nodes.
  • Clients talking to key manager nodes.
All these communications can have access control policies attached specifying who is allowed to perform certain actions at which point in time. This first requires an authentication mechanism.

2.7.2 TLS

In order to authenticate both ends of a connection, gRPC is always used together with TLS. However, since this is a decentralized network, there are some specifics on how peer verification is performed when establishing a TLS session between two nodes.
Instead of relying on Certificate Authorities, they use the registry service provided by the consensus layer. Each node publishes its own trusted public keys in the registry as part of its signed node descriptor. TLS sessions use its own ephemeral Ed25519 key pair that is used to (self-)sign a node’s X509 certificate. When verifying peer identities the public key on the certificate is compared with the public key(s) published in the registry.
All TLS keys are ephemeral and nodes are encouraged to frequently rotate them (the Oasis Core implementation in this repository supports this automatically).

2.7.3 METRICS

Oasis-node can report a number of metrics to Prometheus server. By default, no metrics are collected and reported. There is one way to enable metrics reporting:
Pull mode listens on given address and waits for Prometheus to scrape the metrics.

3. THE OASIS NETWORK TOKEN

The oasis network token: ROSE.

3.1 TOKEN PROFILE

Token Name & Symbol: ROSE
Type: Native
Usage: Payments, Vote

3.2 USAGE DETAILS

The ROSE token will be used for transaction fees, staking, and delegation at Oasis Network’s Consensus Layer.
https://preview.redd.it/golcszag41u51.jpg?width=886&format=pjpg&auto=webp&s=7b628ab438b99c422712847a47a5f1855a9ec10b
ROSE: A Symbol of Privacy
Historically they have often represented “secrecy”. Dating back to Ancient Greece, the Rose was seen as a symbol for secrets or privacy, used by Aphrodite as a gift in exchange for keeping the secrets of Gods.
In Ancient Rome this symbolism continued and the phrase “sub rosa” or “under the rose” was to mean “done in secret” or “under a pledge of secrecy”. This phrase and the symbol of Roses as secrecy extended throughout history with the British Tudors era where state secrets were decided in a room with a large rose hanging from the ceiling.
This fits well with our vision for the Oasis Network, which seeks to power the next generation of blockchain use cases through its unique capacity to support confidential computing and private data on the ledger.
Full Report
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2020.10.19 05:21 manggan Switching from Data Science to Medicine

Hi all,
This page has inspired me so much; I never thought there would be so many people who are also searching for their career path in various ages in life! :)
My journey of starting college as a premed:
Reading the posts here has inspired me to share my journey. I started off in college as a premedical student. I went to community college, took all the prerequisite courses, got involved in health organizations and a few years of research. I then transferred to Berkeley, intending to major in MCB Biochemistry. I wanted to pursue medicine because I am deeply enamored with the altruistic nature of the work, and I cannot deny that the prestige of the profession has attracted me as well.
Turning point- considering financial pressures to get a job after college to get a home / stable income
In my junior year of college however, things took a turn for the worse. My mother got cancer and I had to reconsider whether investing in 4 years of medical school + 3-7 years of residency is worth it. She had to stop working and is fine now, but she is in her 60s already. I then reconsidered my path and switched from Biochemistry to my second passion at the time, a Mathematics/Statistics major. I ended up finishing those degrees and got a job as a Data Scientist post graduation.
Rekindling of medical passions / worry that data science is not my ultimate vocation
2-3 years down the road brings me to now, at age 27. I am still living in an apartment and supporting my mom's expenses. The goal is to purchase a home for my mom to retire in. I think I can do this in about 2 years, however I have become less interested in data science as a long-term path. While the statistical and modeling process is gratifying, the application I work in (martech/adtech) isn't.
After some soul-searching, I am finding that my true interests is in using science and research to help underserved populations. In summary, my interests in a careevocation and not just a job are:
  1. doing rigorous scientific research, either in mathematical/statistical sciences (or data science) or in other scientific field
  2. applying scientific findings to help people
  3. respected career that is stable / I can grow old in
I then started to consider switching to biomedical data science, applying my stats/ML knowledge to solve problems in public health and evidence-based medical research. Yet after reading more about the role, I do value the impact of my scientific findings and how I will settle into the career long-term. I feel like if I transition into a career where I am gratified by the process of writing publications/evidence-based medical research in statistics and the impact that research has on human lives (points 1 and 2), it should also be one that is stable (point 3 above). My main concern is that data science is so young, it does not have enough stability. Especially in 3rd world countries, it is not known yet.
Action plan for growth / career plan
I do feel like at this point, I am still uncertain of the stability of biomedical data science / informatics. However, I am also curious about going back to medicine. However, I am 27, am supporting my mother, and thus I am not free to just choose a career that will keep me with little income for the next decade. I thus started to construct a career plan for myself, which integrates the uncertainty of a career in data science, passion for medicine, and financial needs all in one:
  1. Work for the next 2 years and purchase a home (not in the valley/perhaps SoCal).
    1. The purpose of this is to gain enough savings to buy a home near family for my mother.
    2. We hope to rent out the home and have it be paid off by itself. This sounds ambitious, but after reading about it, it may be doable to at least break even in Los Angeles.
    3. My mother was willing to live with other family members as she has business with them.
  2. Apply for a part-time Master's in Biomedical Informatics / Biostatistics.
    1. Programs I am aiming for are Stanford's HCP in Biomedical Informatics and John Hopkin's Advanced Academic Program Masters in Bioinformatics (Online).
    2. The purpose of doing this is two-fold:
      1. a) advance my career in data science and
      2. b) expose myself to other applications of data science, i.e., in precision medicine. If I enjoy the field and want to be more of a clinician, I should be able to find that out in the next 2 years.
    3. I hope to start in Fall 2021 and complete it in Fall 2023.
  3. By 2024, I want to check-in with myself to see whether I am still motivated to do medicine. If so, I will have some exposure of the subject and have a stronger application. I will need to take the MCAT at 2024 and also apply for my primaries/secondaries in 2024-2025. As such, if I am still motivated, I should get into med school at age 32, at 2025.
  4. Four years of medical school and four years of residency will take me to be an attending at age 39 (2032)
Concerns with career plan:
Now there are a few concerns with this process:
  1. I am delaying starting a family by a lot. Dating in grad school/med school is hard, and delaying it will mean I really won't have the opportunity to start a family until I am in my forties.
  2. I am not sure whether sustaining home ownership by renting it out is a wise idea for 12 years or so.
  3. This is a lot of schooling, and does not take into account burnout. It is hard to go to school and take a whole year's worth of classes, but now that I am single, I should be able to do it.
Does anyone have any advice on my motivations and career plan? It may be a tad ambitious, but I don't want to grow old knowing I never tried or knew what I really wanted by just pidgeon-holing myself to data science. I definitely want to get at least a Master's degree, and even considered a Ph.D. program, but I am also conscientious of my financial goals and relationships.
Thanks for reading!
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2020.10.18 20:18 bythissignconquer Success of Capitalism and Human Nature


Capitalism has NOT lifted millions out of poverty, it in fact is the leading cause for global poverty which it has been increasing
https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/exposing-great-poverty-reductio-201481211590729809.html
32% of people worldwide don't have access to toilets
http://time.com/3942630/toilets-who-unicef-report/
36 Million people die of hunger every year, and the number is NOT falling
The number of people who suffer from hunger grew by 75 million in 2007 and by 40 million in 2008. This is partly because food prices have been rising. http://www.theworldcounts.com/counters/global_hunger_statistics/how_many_people_die_from_hunger_each_year
A USDA report on food insecurity in the so-callled "richest country on earth" that shows that 12.3% of families (15.6 million households) are either food insecure or critically food insecure
https://www.ers.usda.gov/topics/food-nutrition-assistance/food-security-in-the-us/key-statistics-graphics.aspx#insecure
a 2016 table of wage statistics in the united states that show that 70.06% of americans made less then 50,000 dollars a year, 49.3% of americans make less then 30,000 dollars a year and 36% make less then 20,000 dollars a year
https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/netcomp.cgi?year=2016
a 2016 table of wage statistics in the united states that show that 70.06% of americans made less then 50,000 dollars a year, 49.3% of americans make less then 30,000 dollars a year and 36% make less then 20,000 dollars a year
https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/netcomp.cgi?year=2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=a1kDeoc47f4
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A6VqV1T4uYs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2Ny2cbTSvc
[( Amazon workers in Scotland sleep in tents near the factories to save money
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/amazon-workers-sleep-tents-dunfermline-fife-scotland-a7467657.html
The owner of Amazon (the richest man alive) builds space rockets as a hobby
https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/science/blue-origin-rocket-jeff-bezos-amazon-stock.html )]
http://www.wired.co.uk/article/global-poverty-oxfam-world-economic-forum
https://media.discordapp.net/attachments/419619457107886080/460823321471090698/Screenshot_2018-06-25-18-06-11-1.png?width=1097&height=677
The world bank falsely claims poverty has been reduced but even they admit the number of poor is increasing
http://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afpublication/poverty-rising-africa-poverty-report
UN report on US poverty: "About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty" https://docdro.id/AKg8sll
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg3PL2HtXbk (not related to regulationism but this shows why a totally free market is garbage)
https://www.economist.com/asia/2017/07/06/why-80-of-singaporeans-live-in-government-built-flats
In the winter of 2014-15 14,780 people in the UK alone died because they couldn't afford to heat their homes, 47,660 from 2009-10 to 2014-15
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fuel-poverty-killed-15000-people-last-winter-10217215.html
Stagnant and declining wages
https://www.industryweek.com/public-policy/threat-declining-wages
Yet another article that is displaying how worse off the former communist countries are now, and how the people miss the good old days. https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-tragic-failure-of-post-communism-in-eastern-europe/23616
Starvation deaths in capitalism vs socialism
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sknaV0nqVT8
Capitalism making an indispensable drug a "death or bankruptcy" situation for people who have diabetes:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7Ycd8zEdoVk
https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2019/nov/22/progressive-politics-capitalism-unions-healthcare-education
*Second sources: human nature.*
https://www.researchgate.net/publication/257608480_A_New_Look_at_Children's_Prosocial_Motivation
Looks at the motivations of cooperative activity of young children'Young children’s prosocial behavior is thus intrinsically motivated by a concern for others’ welfare, which has its evolutionary roots in a concern for the well-being of those with whom one is interdependent'Essentially shows reward does not drive motivation to help others in young children, and proposes it is evolutionary
http://valuesandframes.org/resources/CCF_survey_perceptions_matter_full_report.pdf
Survey of 1000 people in Britain
74% put greater importance on compassionate values than selfish ones
77% underestimated other people's compassionateness
https://www.nature.com/articles/nature11467
Performs different economic games with the subjects
'We find that across a range of experimental designs, subjects who reach their decisions more quickly are more cooperative. Furthermore, forcing subjects to decide quickly increases contributions, whereas instructing them to reflect and forcing them to decide slowly decreases contributions.
'Essentially shows our impulses are selfless'
https://journals.plos.org/plosone/article?id=10.1371/journal.pone.0109687
Looks at Carnegie Hero Medal Recipients, people who risked their lives to save others
‘The statements were judged to be overwhelmingly dominated by intuition; to be significantly more intuitive than a set of control statements describing deliberative decision-making; and to not differ significantly from a set of intuitive control statements. This remained true when restricting to scenarios in which the CHMRs had sufficient time to reflect before acting if they had so chosen’
‘These findings suggest that high-stakes extreme altruism may be largely motivated by automatic, intuitive processes.’
https://greatergood.berkeley.edu/article/item/debunking_the_myth_of_human_selfishness
Discusses two books, both written by Harvard Professors (I would link them both individually, but this article does a great job in summarising), that argues that humans are not selfish
'[Nowak] proposes that cooperation is the third principle of evolution, after mutation and selection. Sure, mutations generate genetic diversity and selection picks the individuals best adapted to their environment. Yet it is only cooperation, according to Nowak, that can explain the creative, constructive side of evolution—the one that led from cells to multicellular creatures to humans to villages to cities.'
'Benkler recounts that in any given experiment where participants have to make a choice between behaving selfishly and behaving altruistically, only about 30 percent of people behave selfishly, and in virtually no human society studied to date have the majority of people consistently behaved selfishly.'
https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/16513986/
Looks at human infants (as well as chimpanzees, but that's not relevant) and their altruism
'Here we show that human children as young as 18 months of age (prelinguistic or just-linguistic) quite readily help others to achieve their goals in a variety of different situations. This requires both an understanding of others' goals and an altruistic motivation to help.'
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5011126/
Studies the feelings we get when we do altruistic behaviours
'We conducted six experiments to explore whether altruistic behaviors could increase performer’s warmth perception of the ambient environment.'
'These findings suggested an immediate internal reward of altruism.'
https://www.google.com/url?sa=t&source=web&rct=j&url=http://ccnl.emory.edu/greg/PD%2520Final.pdf&ved=2ahUKEwj-o_LB__TqAhXlSxUIHVKqAsQQFjABegQIBRAB&usg=AOvVaw3x7OfQyafIr1r6y2IgyOVD&cshid=1596112864954
'Mutual cooperation was associated with consistent activation in brain areas that have been linked with reward processing: nucleus accumbens, the caudate nucleus, ventromedial frontal/orbitofrontal cortex, and rostral anterior cingulate cortex. We propose that activation of this neural network positively reinforces reciprocal altruism, thereby motivating subjects to resist the temptation to selfishly accept but not reciprocate favors.'
https://www.pnas.org/content/111/48/17071.full
Looks at what triggers a kind act in a child
'Collectively, the studies suggest that simple reciprocal interactions are a potent trigger of altruism for young children, and that these interactions lead children to believe that their relationships are characterized by mutual care and commitment.'
https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0272494415000195
'Participants exposed to nature videos responded more cooperatively on a measure of social value orientation and indicated greater willingness to engage in environmentally sustainable behaviors.'
'Collectively, results suggest that exposure to nature may increase cooperation, and, when considering environmental problems as social dilemmas, sustainable intentions and behavior.'
More about capitalism:
https://www.economist.com/asia/2017/07/06/why-80-of-singaporeans-live-in-government-built-flats
https://www.globalresearch.ca/the-tragic-failure-of-post-communism-in-eastern-europe/23616
In the winter of 2014-15 14,780 people in the UK alone died because they couldn't afford to heat their homes, 47,660 from 2009-10 to 2014-15
https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/fuel-poverty-killed-15000-people-last-winter-10217215.html
The world bank falsely claims poverty has been reduced but even they admit the number of poor is increasing http://www.worldbank.org/en/region/afpublication/poverty-rising-africa-poverty-report
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eg3PL2HtXbk
UN report on US poverty: "About 40 million live in poverty, 18.5 million in extreme poverty, and 5.3 million live in Third World conditions of absolute poverty"
https://linksharing.samsungcloud.com/L3hKxwVwMaJN
Amazon workers in Scotland (a social democrat country) sleep in tents near the factories to save money https://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/amazon-workers-sleep-tents-dunfermline-fife-scotland-a7467657.html
Meanwhile...
The owner of Amazon builds space rockets as a hobby https://www.nytimes.com/2017/04/05/science/blue-origin-rocket-jeff-bezos-amazon-stock.html
a 2016 table of wage statistics in the united states that show that 70.06% of americans made less then 50,000 dollars a year, 49.3% of americans make less then 30,000 dollars a year and 36% make less then 20,000 dollars a year https://www.ssa.gov/cgi-bin/netcomp.cgi?year=2016
Capitalism has not lifted millions out of poverty, it in fact is the leading cause for global poverty which it has been increasing https://www.aljazeera.com/indepth/opinion/2014/08/exposing-great-poverty-reductio-201481211590729809.html
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2020.10.15 16:51 gluteus_me_imus Open Letter to Carol Christ

Dear Chancellor Christ,
I'm sure you're aware of the recent push by students to allow for a non-mandatory P/NP option for major requirements this upcoming semester. Although I probably am not the first, nor likely the last, to send you an email advocating this case, I hope that you would consider another perspective.
You're aware of the 15,152 responses stating their association with major depressive disorder. Nearly 1/3 students are having technical issues in their classes every week. The same survey also lists resources such as "A private, quiet space," "noise-cancelling headphones," "a Wifi Hotspot," an "Up to date laptop," and "A drawing tablet" as the main resources needed to improve remote instruction. How can economically disadvantaged students afford these costly items on such a sudden basis? Considering that 27% of undergraduate students rely on the Pell Grant and so many are socioeconomically disadvantaged at Cal, it shouldn't be surprising that the simple answer is that they can't. By admission of the University's own Pulse Survey, Cal students are performing worse, under higher stress, have less resources, and receive a lower quality of education. Frankly, it's not surprising that so many students are considering not returning to university. I wonder how much money the university can stand to lose over all of this, amidst current budgetary stressors.
Unlike Cal, many other institutions, including those within the UC system, have provided the non-mandatory P/NP option for major requirements. - Stanford: Revised grading for the ENTIRE 2020-2021 academic year - Georgetown: Satisfactory/Not Satisfactory for Fall 2020. The choice to take a class S/CNC can apply to any course: Core, major, minor, certificate or free elective. - Johns Hopkins Business School: We will continue letter grades with an option to change to a pass/fail system for Fall 2020, School of Arts/Sciences: The default grading system will be S** (satisfactory) or U** (unsatisfactory) grades - UCLA now has a P/NP option, including those for major and minor courses. It is optional. This is the model Cal should emulate. - UC Irvine also has come out with similar P/NP options (non-mandatory) - President Folt of USC made the decision to aid students in this way.
I implore you to ask yourself: As a parent, would you be happy with the way UC Berkeley has handled this crisis if your children were attending? Wouldn't you want them to focus on mental and physical well-being, rather than being burnt out as so many students at Cal are? You have the power to create a non-mandatory P/NP option to alleviate some stress. It was done last semester; it was wildly popular and successful at achieving the desired results.
You have the power to make a decision that makes academic, financial, and mental-health sense. Will you?
EDIT: I encourage you, if you have a story to share about this, to put it here: tinyurl.com/aavp-pnp Apparently the Office of Academic Affairs wants to advocate for us, but their argument is bolstered with more perspectives. We won't get P/NP unless we say it over and over again.
EDIT 2: Alright, so turns out I had a misconception. Carol Christ does NOT have the power to make this a reality. She wrote back to me in a lovely email, but in short, we need to advocate for Academic Senate to make this decision, not Christ. Additionally, Christ said that the result of last semester turned out poorly (not sure why, but this is just her talking to me) and the gist I'm getting is that things aren't looking good for P/NP as we have called. Maybe we can target talking to Academic Senate...
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2020.10.15 05:22 ThrowRAaffirmme Am I in the wrong for getting annoyed at my FMIL for not understanding my parents’ boundaries when it comes to meeting my parents?

TL;DR: Am I in the wrong for getting annoyed at my FMIL for not understanding my parents’ boundaries when it comes to meeting my boyfriend’s parents?
So. I’m back. And I definitely need help here. Y’all are the only people I can talk to about this because this would probably just piss my mom off and all of my friends aren’t nearly as objective. This is going to be long, so buckle up.
For those who didn’t read my last post, my boyfriend and I are 21 and 20, and we’ve been together for a little under 18 months and we’re both in college. We attending high schools in the same district, and lived 5 minutes away from each other, but we didn’t meet until the summer before my sophomore year college and the summer before junior year. Neither one of us was looking for a relationship, but we found each other and things just clicked beautifully. We’ve been basically inseparable since our first date. He’s awesome and I love him. Also, something that’s important to note—I’m black, from the De eeep South (like eating muskrat and chitterlings deep), and he’s white, from the Midwest.
In my neck of the woods, meeting the parents is a Very Big Deal. Like, huge. I know people whose parents didn’t meet until they were engaged, and I know people whose parents have only met each other at the wedding. It’s just a weird thing, and while I hate it, I just have to deal with it. My boyfriend met my mom when we had been dating for about two months (and that was after a tonnn of begging and pleading), and he’s meeting my dad for the first time this Sunday. I’m nervous, but I know my dad is gonna end up loving my boyfriend because they have a lot of the same interests and because my honey bear is great. Something that’s also really important to note is that my boyfriend and I go to different state schools, so a lot of the times we’re not together. It’s like if we lived in LA, and my boyfriend went to UCLA, while I went to UC Berkeley. That’s how far apart we are, so seeing up a meeting between him and my dad was hard enough as it is because I’m always gone.
Because of all of this, my parents have not met his parents. Personally, I’m not rushing that situation, because his mom’s personality can be a lot to handle, and I know that her personality and my mom’s wouldn’t blend well. Compared to some of the other MILs on here, I’m pretty lucky because she’s a sweet lady for the most part and she’s harmless, but my mom is just really different. His mom is Lucy Ricardo and my mom is Morticia Adams.
So while on the phone with my boyfriend tonight, he mentioned that his mom was getting upset that they hadn’t met my parents yet. He tried to explain to her that it wasn’t them, and that where I’m from it’s different, but she wasn’t having any of it. She kept asking stuff like “Is it because we’re white? Is it because we’re poorer than them?” Which pissed me off a ton. It’s neither one of those things, and for her to ask those questions really upset me and he knew it. I want our parents to meet for the first time in a restaurant so that no one has to cook, because that’s another thing that could potentially cause a clash and I want to avoid it. But eating in a restaurant isn’t possible right now, so she’s just going to have to wait.
Also, my grandmother died on July 27th. That was my dad’s only living parent, and he’s been taking it really, really hard. There were even a couple points that we’ve been sure that he’s been close to suicide, and beyond him, its been hard for all of us. The fact that my dad is even agreeing to meet my boyfriend right now is a really big step for him, and we’re not pushing it. I was at their house when I got the news that my grandmother had passed, and she watched me break down in their front yard. But for her to just not consider that is really upsetting to me, which is only continuing to cloud my judgement.
I understand being upset about this. I met his parents 12 days after our first date, and I spend tons of time over at their house. I get it. It’s not fair. But I just have to deal with it, and my boyfriend is very okay with everything, so I wish she would just drop it, or at least be more compassionate. I don’t know. Midterms kicked my ass and I’ve just been a ball of anxiety for the past week and a half. Is she in the wrong here? Am I? Help.
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2020.10.15 03:00 LavenderAnime Stuck between majors for Berkeley application

I feel like I'm stuck between a rock and a hard place. The two majors I'm thinking applying as are Environmental Engineering and Environmental Science, UC Berkeley doesn't offer secondary majors. What do you guys think I should apply as, I look like an Engineering applicant but I also can be classified as a Science applicant as well. I have a good GPA, I can't submit my ACT because I missed all of my test dates due to Covid-19, and I am extremely involved in many clubs, music, and varsity sports.
P.S. Sorry for formatting, writing this on phone.
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2020.10.13 04:15 gubulu To my fellow drivers; on Prop 22: Why 7/8?

So It seems there is a lot of discussion going on regarding Prop 22 (The Proposition which will classify gig economy workers such as Uber or Lyft as sub-contractor workers). For it or against it there is something a lot of the media endorsements or coverage is missing is the 7/8 clause in the proposition.
What is the 7/8 Clouse?
According to Prop 22, if the State Legislature would like to amend Proposition 22 in a future date it will take 7/8 of the legislator to amend it. In the modern political climate that is an almost impossible bar to set even in California.
So my question is why? Why do we need a "super-super majority" to amend an ordinary labor law?
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Side note: UC Berkeley Labour Center has found that Prop 22 guaranteed income will come around 5.64 an hour:
https://laborcenter.berkeley.edu/the-uber-lyft-ballot-initiative-guarantees-only-5-64-an-hour-2/
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2020.10.12 10:07 lukeburrage 300 episodes of Futureling Species Speculation by Ken and John

To mark the 300th episode of Omnibus, here's every speculation by Ken and John on the podcast about what the Futurelings will look like, smell like, be like, etc. This is from a notes file on my phone, so maybe I've missed some. Episodes that aren't listed contain no speculations.
What's your favourite Speculated Futureling Species?
(shared a previous version of this, but the post is now archived so can't update it or comment)

Intro episode
Cockroaches, presumably.

European Starling
Starlings are the only bird left in North America, replacing the Eagle as the symbol of the country.
Live in a community of pacifism and pure energy... who have better taste than current people and revere the Long Winters, and use his track as a National Anthem.
Maybe half goat half person that like peeing on themselves.

Defenestration
Futurelings live in a world called Battlefield Earth.
Insectile claw into record grooves to listen to Omnibus.

Marathon of 1904
Giant. Megafauna.
Blocks of cheese, or maybe Ents?

The Pig War
All living in utopian Cascadia.
No Facebook... and no faces either.

Smell-o-vision
Giant moles, smelling the podcast, not hearing it.

The Rachel
May be wearing a haircut called the Ken Jennings.

Tesseract
Live on potato starch... worship the potato.

Water Wars
3.5 feet tall horned toads that lick moisture off rocks.
Listening thousands of feet underground at the water table.

Gadsby
Live in hives.
Eat massive 12,000 pound ducks that last the entire futureling’s life.
Click mandibles to write letters.

Secret Order of the Double Sunrise
Listening from Singapore which has a billion people, part of a global hive.
Have gossamer dragonfly wings due to evolvolution.
Houston and New York are part of the same megalopolis.
They all have an AI John Roderick in their treehouses.

Darien Gap
Sentient fish who live underwater and look at submerged trees.

Heil Honey I’m Home!
No such thing as race in futurelings.
All rooms only have three walls due to the main architectural influence being family sitcoms.

Monrovia
Old futurelings watch Jeopardy hosted by Alex Trebec’s head in a jar of nutrients.
Might all be part of the Canadian Hegemony.
Mandibles clicking in excitement.
Live in 55,000 small nation states.

Kohoutek
Giant Cockroaches again
Twitter became SkyNet and Omnibus is recorded for it.

Sentinelese
All left handed, or left mandibled, pincered, winged.

Paris Syndrome
Live in prairie dog burrows.
All are descendants of France or Québécois and eat Camembert.
Clack mandibles and speak the Lingua Franca: English.

Thomas Midgley
ConAgra is now the world government, and each corn kernel is a full meal.
Population of:
300,000
Or
300 billion living in a superstructure that extends out past the orbit of the moon.
A lot live in 10,000 year old house with lead paint.

Mummy Brown
Cockroaches that snort cocaine and find arrows through the head funny.

Mutually Assured Destruction
Chuckle into their sleeves.

Death disks
the president is a sentient coral reef
Sentient spam in the form of a giant clam

Hat etiquette:
Omnibites vs Nonmibites

Bellamy salute:
All wrapped in flags

Oneida:
All using Oneida silverware.

Megafauna:
All a single organism like an Aspen forest?

Zuider Zee
All Dutch

Rubber Barons
Play future golf with human sacrifice
They are crows (only corn is made in the future)

Mary Anning
Cloud of flying mollusks

Tuvan throat singing.
Star fish with no sensory equipment

Hachiko
Egyptian Hieroglyph Dogs who can write
Descended from British Royal Skye Terrier
With snake and/or tarantulas as pets.

Call signs
All live inside Radioshacks
Angels of Mons
Have tentacles

Hypercolor
Cold blooded and climb rocks to bask under the many suns

Bit Tawil
Live under an unfriendly draconian Pope who has sex with his cousin and inspires future Martin Luthers.

Checkerboarding
Have super-crania and can access any record at will from a web of information.
Different parts of the hive mind listen to different Omnibus episodes at one time.
Old timey prospectors, with no teeth, making sourdough bread... but in the asteroid belt.

Washington Generals
Type with claws translating via babelfish. Or maybe they are babelfish.

Backyard Blast Furnaces
Vermont farmers on collective farms.
Again, aspens spread world wide, all communicating through the connected root network.

William Rufus King
Everyone lives in Pearce Country
Sentient descendants of the hepatitis plague.

Tylenol Murders
Ectoplasm lives next door, might need to be murdered.
Listeners turn off when they hear about Facebook, as it is as bad as slavery.

Moon illusion
Live on planets Musk and Bezos
6 feet long probiscus noses double prehensile noses
Run on their noses with a Fitbit in the crepuscular crevice

Spanish Fly
Hundred noses cushballs only reproducing due to bremelanotide.
New date era is AF - after Facebook

Gordon Lish
Octopuses all with names that rhyme with “ayden”.

Port Chicago Disaster
nope

Duchenne Smiles
Faceless, no expressions.

Preppy Handbook
Sentient muscles that breath air and live above the sea. Their hive mind is deciding on one blazer for all or individual pieces for each muscle.
Maybe crocodiles or polo horses with human looking-heads attached
Maybe sentient Ivy League college campuses.

St. Martin Fistula
Eat bugs. And humans. Through their tentacles.

Bugatti Chiron
Travel with flying toilet lids

The Conqueror
Sentient algae carpets
Aging creatures with metal detectors.
Sentient four leaf clovers walking around.

Boysenberry
Not four legs, lobster people, live in a wreckage of the world where it is always hot. Or in a constant brush fire. Or a glacier.
Four dimensional listeners who see time as a solid object, and are looking at Ken and John “now”.

Billy the Pygmy Hippo
Reanimated taxidermy animals?

The Koryo Saram
Sentient hat racks.
Sentient labradors who are colorblind
Sentient rods and cones, and the rods are very racists against cones.
Sentient colours?

War Rugs
Octopus with a Hitler watercolor painting.
Prayer rugs made of algae and anemones

Christian Science Reading Rooms
Grey multi-tentacled old ladies volunteering.

Washbär
Raccoons, of course, with opposable thumbs, listening by feeling toffee with grooves.

Voyager Golden Records
100% nipples

Greek Fire
All Bulgars and Hessians

Barefoot Burglar
Have hearing oriffices, and should never insert anything smaller than their tentacle.

D-Day Crosswords
Tell time by tides. All amphibious.

Michael Rockefeller
Sorted the problem of mad cow disease when eating the brains of their enemies.
Sentient kangaroos?

Ea-Nassir
Sentient robots who pay for lubricant with 3D printed meat as their currency.
Communicate historical tweets via empathetic goop.

59 Les Paul Standard
Stylus in each tentacle to listen to the gold records holding the Omnibus episodes.

Inversion Goggles
Giant ants. Or Jains who don’t want to kill ants.

The Berkeley Pit
Copper beings evolved from the bacteria in the pit.
Decemberists wrote the national anthem.

Saint Helena Submarine Plot
Nautilus shellfish.

Anarchist Cookbook
Consume content through various receptor
Listening in the aftermath of the violent revolution inspired by the Anarchist Cookbook Movie adaptation.

Fourth Crusade
Omniscient clouds that already know all of the Omnibus.
Or
Citizens of a decadent cultured empire besieged by a spartan barbarian enemy.

Anita Bryant
Borg Blobs

Hilbert Hotel
Solve the Hilbert Problems before breakfast. And the Riemann Hypothesis too.
No “guys”. No genders. The only guys are holding boats to piers. They are nautical. Every day is Talk Like A Pirate Day.
Gleep Glop Language based on infinity.

Jefferson, State of
All futurelings live in California.

Disco Demolition
Baseball evolved into sentient. Round horse balls.
Everyone is a Jehovah’s Witness.

Albanian
Sentient Bulgarian algae mats

Mail Trucks
Future sentient mail trucks?

Dancing Mania
Nope

Blue Men of the Sahara
Cloud tentacles in sulphuric seas listening to podcasts across the oceans.

Tsar Bomba
Nope

Pokémon Go
Actually self-aware Pokémon in a virtual world in the cloud.
Giant sircades?
Islamic fearmongers?
Intelligent chem trails?
Mosquitoes complaining about Omnibus on Facebook.

Hollow Earth
Citizens of the hollow Earth.
All AI versions of Ken and John.
All named either Donnie or Marie.

Second sleep
Robots that don’t need to sleep.
Do not defecate, only recycle the water inside themselves.

Brown Sound
Three genders like midshipmen fish, communicating via sonic waves through mud.

The Ballads of Ossian
Nope

The Letter J
Live in a future paradise with only 10 letters in the alphabet.

Bridley Murphy
Sentient desk calendars that have a sense of humor.
All fractional owners of single memories of Ken and John.

Albert Pierrepoint
All living in cells guarded by Robocops.
The word “Facebook” is a profanity.
Or living in cloud cabins.

The Doomsday Flight
Multiple hearts and die of hearts attacks.

Wild Man Fischer
Sentient aspen grove again.

Jennens v. Jennens
Pronounce Jennings with insectile clicks and computer beeps.
Living in a simulation of a post apocalyptic world.

The Cagot
Slightly brighter eyes for the futurelings who listen to Omnibus. They will be the outcast heretics.
Look just like us but slightly more like the greys. With wheatish skin.

Deep Fried Turkey
Giant intelligent Crawfish.
Intelligent mud bugs.
The turducken/roast without equal is actually the futureling.

Pumpkin Pie
Pigs who are Shakespearean actors.
All food made of pumpkin.

The Qibla
In the inside of a Dyson Sphere around the earth.

Scrappy Doo
An ambiguous mixture of A. Humans who are so heavily into furry culture they have transformed themselves into almost-animals, B. animals who have evolved more and more human attributes so are almost-human and C. real-life creations of a computer AI that achieved sentience at the moment that humans reach peak-furry, so their corporeal avatars look like humanoid animals.

Ghost Forests
Sentinel mineralized trees on the coast with pysonic communication with land trees.
Actually ghosts of beagles listening to a continuous loop of Omnibus in a cave.
The ghost of John Lennon.

Marmorated Stink Bugs
Bugs listening via vibrations through their probisci.
Punisher issue 28 is their Gutenberg bible and the founding document in their own library of Congress.

Robert Smalls
Sentient aspens who keep ferns as slaves to harvest nutrients.

Patrick Nagel
Mud bugs
Rio is one document that survives.

Telling the Bees
Live in a hive, communicate via social media via dancing.

The Christmas Truce
Lobsters that don’t celebrate Christmas. Worship tentacled Cthulhu gods.

Thomas Nast
Fur suits.
Sentient wet cardboard boxes.

The Turboencabulator
Nope

Snowflakes
Listening on Mars

Track 61
Can send corporeal objects through time portals.

Vica Versa
Soul swapping entities that inhabit any body they want. 6 futurelings per cool body with the uncool bodies sit empty.

Trucker Culture
Nope

Twins of Benin
Trilateral symmetry

Samantha Smith
Nope

Flagpole Sitters
Antennae for hearing.
Use meters not feet.
Listening from on top of a pillar and worship Ken and John as gods.

Bodies of Mount Everest
Do they celebrate the new year a week after the winter solstice?
Don’t use feet for measures.
Say Kill-o instead of kilo.

Jaqualine Cochran
Sentient deep sea eel, maybe with tails tied together.

The Foreign Legion
Social media is cordoned off from most of the Futurelings.

Freighthopping
Just blonde mustaches the colour of mocha with cream.
All decedents of both John and Ken and their children.

Honest Dick
Hive of aspens with a Queen Aspen.

Mike the Headless Chicken
Hunter gatherers with tentacles.
Only eat cats.
Have Chip to put social media right into their brains.

The Cheesesteak War
Eat cheesesteaks.

Tippi Hendren’s Fingernails
Nope

Anything into Oil
Jellyfish tentacles or aspen roots.

Egg Cracking Machines
Invertebrates have taken over the universe. All have exoskeletons. The only internet left is the Omnibus.
All birds and like it when John talks about chickens.
One massive chicken... that listens to Omnibus.
100% of entertainment programming by JoCo.

Indigo
Mollusks.

Breezewood, Pennsylvania
Nope

Cocaine Hippos
Offspring of the first genetically manipulated Chinese babies.
Or icebergs?

Wide skis
Slide down mountains on slime from glands near their anus.

Mussolini ‘s nose
Sentient Gas wearing a T-shirt.

Breastaurants
Owls with uneven eyes that only eat chicken wings.

French Revolutionary Calendar
Marsupials and Tasmanian Devils covered in mucus.
No bilateral symmetry, but need eight holes in their T-shirts.

Charge of the Light Brigade
Sentient dung.

Hotel detectives
Drives octopodal vehicles.

Private Wojtec the Bear
Thoughtful algae

Plymouth Rock
Plymouth Rock Chickens that can move things with their minds.

Trapper Keeper
Coral polyps as friends.

Reindeer Wizards
More aspens

The Kamehameha Colonists
Intelligent turtles.
Avian futurelings descended from island birds.
Intelligent guano or corral.

Cold Fusion
Antennae and abdomen

Furries
Capybara wearing a Ken Jennings suit.

Quonset Huts
All living within social media, they are their avatars.
Robot owls. Like Blade Runner. Or clash of the titans.

Peak Phosphorus
80% phosphorus in their pseudopods.
Sentient acacia trees who talk using pheromones saying “the ants will not shut up!”

Four Color Map Theorem
Higher dimensional beings. Four dimensional crystals. Or many dimensional fungus.

Canning
Pacific salmons.
Or maybe sentient botulism.
Or maybe super intelligent yet annoyed sea lions.

Bob Dylan’s Christian Period
Have sentient fronds.

Lottery Winners
Baltimore is the main city.
The lottery is outlawed.
Aspens.

MSG
Sentient gluten wheat.

Jugglos
Everyone lives in Plimptonia or Jugglonia.

A slow as possible
Future octopuses
Play music with their wings. Sentient wheat chaff with tendrils.

Sliced Bread
Mouths, mandibles, Gastropoda, pheromones.

Icelandic Incest
All descendants of the third cousins of John and Ken’s offspring.

Ticker Tape Parade
All worship the giant styrofoam Ken Jennings head.
Bipedal octopuses clacking their beaks.

Angels Dance on the Head of Pin
Shades of blue? They will know how many of them can fit on the head of a pin.

Jonny Appleseed
Sentient Apple trees.

Government Cheese
Libertarian Coral Reefs
Self-aware green bean casserole.

Faces of Death
Made out of skateboards. Sentient longboards are the ruling class.

No fault marriages
Jenningites and Roderickites with opposing views on marriage.
Hyper political algae mats wearing whip inflation now buttons.
Intelligent whirling trash gyre in the ocean.

Porfirio Rubirosa
Ethereal beings with 11 inch cocks. With whispy children and gas for ears.

Fern fever
Propagate via spores.

Mother Jones
Super intelligent yellow fever virus.
The Rite of Spring Riots
Cuttlefish people.
Crustaceans with ears.
Single sentient being pure of Zuckerburgian infiltration.

Duchess of Bedford
Filter feeders, eat one turtle per yea, live under constantly dark skies.
Sea creatures filtering krill through baleen continuously.
Ants with a singular intelligence.

Square Dancing
Sentient octopus that are basically parachutes.

Ada Lovelace
The beings left behind after The Rapture.

Interferon
Cowctopus (octopus mixed with cow)
Pigtopuses are our current listeners?

Christmas Pickle
Billions of years in the future and the planet Earth has fallen into the sun, the calendar is based on stars.

Induced Demand
Iguana Jellyfish hybrids.

Byzantine Rhinokopia
Dogs with object permanence.

The Tech Model Railway Club
Sentient Squirrels

Backgammon.
Tentacles or imaginary tentacles, used to play the oldest game, Backgammon. Still love backgammon.

George Bush’s Crack Dealer
Robots sad they can’t feel the highest highs.

The Death of Trolleys
Equine ancestors or centaurs.

Coppicing
Sentient aspens

The Tootsie Roll Indian
Sentient Math

Longitudinal Film
Don’t worry about ageing. Made entirely out of genes.
Sentient versions of the show: John robots and ken robots.

Cow Magnets
Self-aware bezoars.

Hikikomori
Only social media animal avatars.

The De Haviland Beaver
Sentient De Haviland Beavers... or sentient actual beavers who are resentful of the plane taking their name.

Bode’s Law
A society of prey species and predator species, only one side of which are listening to Omnibus episodes for mindless entertainment/ ideas for good governance/ etc.

Ferdinandia
Squids with eyebrows.
Future citizens of Ferdinandia curious about the weird Medusa flag.

Chick tracts
Sentient Golden Mist.

Roald Amundsen’s Airship.
Senitient pixels in google earth.
Sentient Italian fusilli.

Pulsars, Discovery of
Emotionally sentient Nobel prize rejected scientists.

Sea Silk
Sentient hoodies.

Deborah Sampson
Probably all female. Makes aren’t needed.

Fletcherism
No mouths, only “eat” UV light shining on their body.

Hanky Codes
Sentient aspens.
Everyone has two mothers.

The Guru Letters
Giant sentient mosquitos.

The Phoebus Cartel
Sentient lightbulb tungsten creatures.

Tibetan Memory Trick
Sentient Limerick Oysters.

Sister Cities
Sentient earth due to connected nodes of sister cities.

Dutch Elm Disease
Two races of sentient trees: deciduous and evergreen.
Replica humans resistant to viruses.

Vesna Vulovic
John’s beard has become sentient.

Lilith
Lilith is the number one god of the futurelings.

Billboards
Snails?

Change of Gauge
See in infrared.
Sentient train cars.
120% Basque.

Generic Food
Sentient Pigglywiggies laying down the with Sentient Food Lions.

Take Ivy
All naked.
​ Mary Kay Pink Cadillacs
Live in Tupperware boxes

Aztec Death Whistles
Sentient Star Wars Action figures.

Seawise Giant
Sentient GSM (Greek shipping magnates)
Or sentient aspens who have never seen a ship.
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2020.10.12 06:08 TallenAtear Pascagoula Abduction / UFO - Calvin Parker / Medical Reprot

Pascagoula Abduction / UFO - Calvin Parker / Medical Reprot
The Pascagoula alien abduction – smoking gun document
by Philip Mantle
In 2018 I published the book ‘Pascagoula-The Closest Encounter’ by Calvin Parker. The book details Calvin Parker’s alien abduction experience that took place on the Pascagoula River on October 11th, 1973. For those who are not aware of what some call the best-documented case of its kind I will outline the details of what happened:
PASCAGOULA, October 11th, 1973.
On the evening of October 11, 1973, 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker — co-workers at a shipyard — were fishing off a pier on the west bank of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. They heard a whirring/whizzing sound, saw two flashing blue lights, and reported that an oval shaped "craft", some 8 feet across and 8 or more feet high, suddenly appeared near them. The ship seemed to levitate about 2 feet above the ground. A door opened on the ship, they said, and three creatures emerged and seized the men, floating or levitating them into the craft. Both men reported being paralyzed and numb. Parker claimed that he had fainted due to fright. They described the creatures as being roughly humanoid in shape and standing about five feet tall. The creatures' skin was pale in colour and wrinkled, and they had no eyes that the men could discern, and slits for mouths. Their heads also appeared connected directly to their shoulders, with no discernible neck. There were three "carrot-like" growths instead - one where the nose would be on a human, the other two where ears would normally be. The beings had lobster-like claws at the ends of their arms, and they seemed to have only one leg (Hickson later described the creatures' lower bodies looking as if their legs were fused together) ending in elephant-like feet. Hickson also reported that the creatures moved in mechanical, robotic ways.
On the ship, Hickson claimed that he was somehow levitated or hovered a few feet above the floor of the craft and was examined by what looked like a large football-shaped mechanical eye, about 6 to 8 inches in diameter, that seemed to scan his body. Parker claimed that he could not recall what had happened to him inside the craft, although later, during sessions of hypnotic regression he offered some hazy details. The men were released after about 15-20 minutes and the creatures levitated them, with Hickson's feet dragging along the ground, back to their original positions on the river bank. Both men said they were terrified by what had happened. They claimed to have sat in a car for about 45 minutes, trying to calm themselves. Hickson drank a small amount of whiskey. After some discussion, they tried to report their story to officials at Keesler Air Force Base, but personnel told them the United States Air Force had nothing to do with UFO reports and suggested the men notify police. At about 10:30 p.m., Hickson and Parker arrived at the Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff's office. They brought the catfish they'd caught while fishing; it was the only proof they had to back up their story. Sheriff Fred Diamond thought the men seemed sincere and genuinely frightened and he thought Parker was especially disturbed.
After the book was published and became a best-seller on Amazon.com I continued my search for any formal documentation related to the incident as any that had been in the possession of Calvin Parker had been washed away by hurricane Katrina. I contacted all of the major UFO groups one of which included the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in the USA. They were very obliging and sent me a PDF file of what they had on the case. Most of what they sent was newspaper cuttings but buried in the middle of this file was a very curious and possible ‘smoking gun’ type-written document.
Although this document, dated 13th of October 1973, just two days after the alien encounter, is unsigned it was written by Dr. James Harder. We know it was written by Dr. Harder as he was the only person to examine the witnesses which has been confirmed by Calvin Parker. Dr. James Harder’s academic credentials are as follows: BS (Caltech), MS, Ph.D., (U.C. Berkeley). He is a Fellow, AAAS; Life Member, ASCE; and Founding Member, Society for Scientific Exploration. Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley. He was also a director of the UFO research group APRO.
Dr. Harder along with Dr J. Allen Hynek were on site in Pascagoula within 36 hours of the event happening. They interviewed Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson and at a press conference confirmed that they believed what the witnesses were saying.
This ‘smoking gun’ document has never been seen in public before and can only add to the authenticity of Calvin parker & Charles Hickson’s testimony. Charles Hickson died in 2011 but Calvin Parker has this to say about this document:
“At the time of my abduction on October 11th, 1973 when the alien reached out to take me on board the ship. From the first time I saw them it was the fear I felt that is hard to describe. I just knew I would not live through this fear. As the alien made contact to my left arm I heard a whisk of what I thought was air then all at once I got became really relaxed then all the fear was gone. Later on, after being examined by Dr. James Harder I heard him telling Dr Hynek that I had a puncture marks on my arm and later at the hospital I found out that I was given not one shot but two shots the second was while I was on board the craft. This document simply confirms what I have always known and that is both Charlie and I were given injections by these creatures and we had the puncture wounds to prove it.”
I have been involved in UFO research for over 40 years and spent a great deal of time investigating UFO events first-hand. Even when I was the Director of Investigations for the British UFO Research Association, I have never come across any official documentation that confirms that ‘puncture wounds’ as described by the witnesses, have had their claims officially documented by a professional in such a manner. For me this is a world first. Calvin Parker’s encounter and his description of being ‘given a shot (injection) by the creatures to make him relax) now seems to have been confirmed.
“The strange and extremely unusual encounter both Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker experienced, becomes more and more bizarre, with the announcement of puncture wounds being discovered on both victims’ bodies!
https://preview.redd.it/j1ods7re9ls51.png?width=1471&format=png&auto=webp&s=08ff19c5eae4e178710f7900ea28c007f5ea489f
For more information on this excellent case; photos, videos, transcripts, audio recordings, published books, etc. please visit Calvin's Official Website;
http://calvin-parker.com/
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2020.10.12 06:07 TallenAtear Pascagoula Abduction / UFO - Calvin Parker / Medical Reprot

Pascagoula Abduction / UFO - Calvin Parker / Medical Reprot
The Pascagoula alien abduction – smoking gun document
by Philip Mantle
In 2018 I published the book ‘Pascagoula-The Closest Encounter’ by Calvin Parker. The book details Calvin Parker’s alien abduction experience that took place on the Pascagoula River on October 11th, 1973. For those who are not aware of what some call the best-documented case of its kind I will outline the details of what happened:
PASCAGOULA, October 11th, 1973.
On the evening of October 11, 1973, 42-year-old Charles Hickson and 19-year-old Calvin Parker — co-workers at a shipyard — were fishing off a pier on the west bank of the Pascagoula River in Mississippi. They heard a whirring/whizzing sound, saw two flashing blue lights, and reported that an oval shaped "craft", some 8 feet across and 8 or more feet high, suddenly appeared near them. The ship seemed to levitate about 2 feet above the ground. A door opened on the ship, they said, and three creatures emerged and seized the men, floating or levitating them into the craft. Both men reported being paralyzed and numb. Parker claimed that he had fainted due to fright. They described the creatures as being roughly humanoid in shape and standing about five feet tall. The creatures' skin was pale in colour and wrinkled, and they had no eyes that the men could discern, and slits for mouths. Their heads also appeared connected directly to their shoulders, with no discernible neck. There were three "carrot-like" growths instead - one where the nose would be on a human, the other two where ears would normally be. The beings had lobster-like claws at the ends of their arms, and they seemed to have only one leg (Hickson later described the creatures' lower bodies looking as if their legs were fused together) ending in elephant-like feet. Hickson also reported that the creatures moved in mechanical, robotic ways.
On the ship, Hickson claimed that he was somehow levitated or hovered a few feet above the floor of the craft and was examined by what looked like a large football-shaped mechanical eye, about 6 to 8 inches in diameter, that seemed to scan his body. Parker claimed that he could not recall what had happened to him inside the craft, although later, during sessions of hypnotic regression he offered some hazy details. The men were released after about 15-20 minutes and the creatures levitated them, with Hickson's feet dragging along the ground, back to their original positions on the river bank. Both men said they were terrified by what had happened. They claimed to have sat in a car for about 45 minutes, trying to calm themselves. Hickson drank a small amount of whiskey. After some discussion, they tried to report their story to officials at Keesler Air Force Base, but personnel told them the United States Air Force had nothing to do with UFO reports and suggested the men notify police. At about 10:30 p.m., Hickson and Parker arrived at the Jackson County, Mississippi Sheriff's office. They brought the catfish they'd caught while fishing; it was the only proof they had to back up their story. Sheriff Fred Diamond thought the men seemed sincere and genuinely frightened and he thought Parker was especially disturbed.
After the book was published and became a best-seller on Amazon.com I continued my search for any formal documentation related to the incident as any that had been in the possession of Calvin Parker had been washed away by hurricane Katrina. I contacted all of the major UFO groups one of which included the J. Allen Hynek Center for UFO Studies in the USA. They were very obliging and sent me a PDF file of what they had on the case. Most of what they sent was newspaper cuttings but buried in the middle of this file was a very curious and possible ‘smoking gun’ type-written document.
Although this document, dated 13th of October 1973, just two days after the alien encounter, is unsigned it was written by Dr. James Harder. We know it was written by Dr. Harder as he was the only person to examine the witnesses which has been confirmed by Calvin Parker. Dr. James Harder’s academic credentials are as follows: BS (Caltech), MS, Ph.D., (U.C. Berkeley). He is a Fellow, AAAS; Life Member, ASCE; and Founding Member, Society for Scientific Exploration. Professor Emeritus, U.C. Berkeley. He was also a director of the UFO research group APRO.
Dr. Harder along with Dr J. Allen Hynek were on site in Pascagoula within 36 hours of the event happening. They interviewed Calvin Parker and Charles Hickson and at a press conference confirmed that they believed what the witnesses were saying.
This ‘smoking gun’ document has never been seen in public before and can only add to the authenticity of Calvin parker & Charles Hickson’s testimony. Charles Hickson died in 2011 but Calvin Parker has this to say about this document:
“At the time of my abduction on October 11th, 1973 when the alien reached out to take me on board the ship. From the first time I saw them it was the fear I felt that is hard to describe. I just knew I would not live through this fear. As the alien made contact to my left arm I heard a whisk of what I thought was air then all at once I got became really relaxed then all the fear was gone. Later on, after being examined by Dr. James Harder I heard him telling Dr Hynek that I had a puncture marks on my arm and later at the hospital I found out that I was given not one shot but two shots the second was while I was on board the craft. This document simply confirms what I have always known and that is both Charlie and I were given injections by these creatures and we had the puncture wounds to prove it.”
I have been involved in UFO research for over 40 years and spent a great deal of time investigating UFO events first-hand. Even when I was the Director of Investigations for the British UFO Research Association, I have never come across any official documentation that confirms that ‘puncture wounds’ as described by the witnesses, have had their claims officially documented by a professional in such a manner. For me this is a world first. Calvin Parker’s encounter and his description of being ‘given a shot (injection) by the creatures to make him relax) now seems to have been confirmed.
“The strange and extremely unusual encounter both Charles Hickson and Calvin Parker experienced, becomes more and more bizarre, with the announcement of puncture wounds being discovered on both victims’ bodies!
https://preview.redd.it/qhgnyf399ls51.png?width=1471&format=png&auto=webp&s=7d4ab1686e08a1d5cb8be914194c1e46c5097e98
For more information on this excellent case; photos, videos, transcripts, audio recordings, published books, etc. please visit Calvin's Official Website;
http://calvin-parker.com/
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2020.10.11 20:08 rafaelmelo2000 [Help] I sent three photos in the Status and from that moment on, WhatsApp did not work. It just froze on the chat screen

This has happened to me for the third time in different dates and now is that I have noticed what I did that provoked the behavior.
I sent three photos in the Status and from that moment on, WhatsApp did not work as you can see in the video.
What can it be? Here is a list of the tweaks I have installed to see what happened. What I find strange is that I put it in safe mode and rebooted it and put it to work without the jailbreak and on both cases it is still frozen.

Installed: 1.0

7-zip (POSIX): 16.02-1 Activator: 1.9.13 AdaptiveDarkMode: 1.0.1 AddToFolder: 1.2-1 Aperio: 1.2.0 Aporeo: 2.4 AppList: 1.5.16 AppStore++: 0.9.13-2 APT (apt-key): 1.8.2.1-1 APT (lib): 1.8.2.1-1 APT (libapt-pkg): 1.8.2.1-1 APT 1.4 Transitional: 1:0 APT: 1.8.2-3 Assuan: 2.5.1-1 AutoAlerts: 1.0.2 Axon Reborn: 2.0.0 Base Structure: 1-5 Berkeley DB: 6.2.32-1 BigBoss Icon Set: 1.0 Bourne-Again SHell: 5.0.3-2 bzip2: 1.0.6-1 CA Certs: 0.0.2 CCCalc: 1.2.1 CCSupport: 1.3 Cenamo: 1.1 Cephei Tweak Support: 1.16 Cercube for YouTube: 5.2.5 CopyLog: 1.5.1 Core Utilities (/bin): 8.31-1 Core Utilities: 8.31-1 Cydia Installer: 1.1.36 Cydia Translations: 1.1.32~b1 Darwin Tools: 1.1-1 Debian Packager: 1.19.7-2 Debian Utilities: 4.8.6-1 Diff Utilities: 3.6-1 diskdev-cmds: 593.221.1-1 Dove: 0.2.5 Dra1n: 1.3.2 file: 5.35-2 Filza File Manager: 3.8.0-24 Find Utilities: 4.6.0-2 Flame: 1.3 Flex 3: 3~EarlyAccess4 Flipswitch: 1.0.16 Folded: 1.2.0 gettext: 0.19.8-1 GNU Cryptography: 1.8.3-1 GNU Multiple Precision Arithmetic Library: 6.1.2-1 GnuPG Errors: 1.32-1 GnuPG: 2.2.11-2 GnuTLS: 3.5.19-1 grep: 3.1-1 gzip: 1.9-1 iCleaner Pro: 7.8.3 IconSupport: 1.11.1 IconSupportFix: 1.0.0 iGotBlind: 2.0 Instagram ++: 1.8r-331 iOS Firmware: 13.5 iPhone Firmware (/sbin): 0-1 Kai: 1.4.0 Kapok: 0.1-1 Keyboard Accio: 2.4 KSBA: 1.3.5-1 Launch Daemon Controller: 23-1 libappearancecell: 1.0.3 libbulletin: 0.1-153 libcolorpicker: 1.6.9 libCSColorPicker: 1.0.3 libCSPreferences: 1.4.7 libidn2: 6.1.2-1 libMRYIPC: 2.0 libnotifications: 0.3-2 libplist++-dev: 2.2.1-1 libplist++3: 2.2.1-1 libplist-dev: 2.2.1-1 libplist-utils: 2.2.1-1 libplist3: 2.2.1-2 libplist: 2.2.1-3 libSparkAppList: 1.0.9 libtasn1: 4.13-1 libunistring: 0.9.10-1 Link Identity Editor: 2:2.1.2.7+g5420cb5q-2 LZ4: 1.7.5-1 LZMA Utils: 2:4.32.7-2 Manaar: 1.2 Nettle: 3.4.1-1 NeverLowerMusic: 1.1 New Curses: 5.9-1 New Curses: 6.1+20181013-1 New GNU Portable Threads: 1.6-1 OnlineNotify: 3.3.0 OpenSSL 1.0 Libraries: 1.0.2s-1 OpenSSL 1.1.1 Libraries: 1.1.1c-1 p11-kit: 0.23.12-1 PencilChargingIndicator: 1.2~b7 PkgHistory: 1.0 PowerSelector (iOS 11 to 13): 1.2.9 PreferenceLoader: 2.2.5 Profile Directory: 0-1 readline: 8.0-1 repo support: 2.2 ReProvision: 0.5.2~EOL RocketBootstrap: 1.0.10~beta1 sed: 4.5-1 shell-cmds: 118-8 Shortmoji: 4.5.1 shuffle: 1.2.9 Snapper 2: 2.4.3 Substrate Safe Mode: 0.9.6004 SwipeForMore: 1.1.10 system-cmds: 790.30.1-2 Tape Archive: 1.30-2 TinyBanners 2: 1.0.4-3 Titan: 1.0.3 TouchFlow: 1.0.6 tweakCompatible: 0.1.5 uasharedtools (iOS 11): 2.2r-94 uasharedtools: 2.2r-94 UIKit Tools: 1.1.17-1 Unc0ver Policy Softener: 1.0.0 unrar: 5.6.4-1 unzip: 6.0+deb9u1-1 Waqt: 1.1 Watusi 2 for WhatsApp: 1.3.10 WatusiTools: 2.1.28 XZ Utils: 5.2.4-4 YouTube Music Reborn: 1.0.1.2 Zefy: 1.0.2.1 zip: 2.32-1
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2020.10.09 22:57 TracingWoodgrains A deep dive into my ballot choices in Utah County this year (alternate title: Vote No on Retaining Low.)

tl;dr: The most important bit of info you likely don't already know: vote against retaining Judge Thomas Low, who called a convicted sexual assaulter an extraordinary man who did a bad thing as he was convicting him.
I ended up casting my ballot today. I've been out-of-state and so haven't paid as detailed attention to local politics as I could have, so I went through all options in some detail while I was filling it out.
On the assumption that others will be similarly uninformed, I've outlined my choices below. Up to you on how heavily you want to weigh my (independent, leaning D) judgment, but a lot of these local races get next-to-no attention so it's worth diving in at least a bit.
President: Joe Biden - obviously. Not much to say here.
US House District 3: Options are former mayor of Provo John Curtis (incumbent, R) and Devin D. Thorpe (D). Thorpe realistically has no chance. Curtis is a popular incumbent. He was quite a good mayor from what I understand, but has fallen to Trumpism on national-level issues. Thorpe seems unremarkable but reasonable. He gets my vote. Vote: Thorpe
Governor: Options are Spencer J. Cox (R) and Chris Peterson (D). Honestly, I really admire Spencer Cox from what I've seen of him. He's a good, honest leader who quickly took COVID-19 seriously, reacted appropriately, and generally seems like a decent man. I don't have major disagreements with him, and while the race isn't likely to be competitive regardless, I have no problem voting him over Peterson, who is a law professor who seems nice enough but not notable. Vote: Cox.
Attorney General: Sean Reyes (R) is focused primarily on human trafficking, got his law degree from Berkeley of all places, and has said glowing things about Donald Trump. Greg Skordas (D) looks highly qualified and seems like a middle-of-the-road Utah Democrat. I like his stances overall and see any repudiation of Trump as a win. Vote: Skordas
State Auditor: No Democrat, plus the Republican is, somehow, listed as John 'Frugal' Dougall. Can't argue with that! Vote: Dougall
State Treasurer: No Democrat. The Republican incumbent has a three-line Wikipedia page. Carry on, I suppose. Vote: Damschen
State Senate and House races are uncontested. Dan Hemmert is running in Senate District 14. Generic Utah Republican, doesn't like Trump's tweets but likes his results. At least he opposes Trump on tariffs. Leaving it blank. Brady Brammer in House District 27 likes George Orwell, which is nice, I guess. He's proposed mandatory 15-second warning labels on pornography, which is very Utah, and has zero connection to Trump that I can find. Leaving it blank but I don't really care on that one.
County Commission Seat C: Retired Marine Colonel Tom Sakievich (R) vs Jeanne Bowen (D), a self-described moderate loosely in favor of public transit but a bit vague in general. Sakievich is pro-Trump and attended a packed anti-mask protest "to listen to the public's position for and against wearing masks". Bowen "has said she would focus on improving air quality and increasing water supply, as well as increasing education funding and addressing rapid growth in the county." I get the impression Sakievich has much better leadership qualifications, and Bowen barely has a campaign, but I see no good policy wins for Sakievich and again, repudiation of Trump is my go-to in uncertainty. Vote: Bowen
County Assessor, Recorder, Surveyor, Treasurer: Godspeed to whoever's running uncontested in these spots. I can't be bothered to look them up and I have no other options, so I hope they do a decent job. Leaving blank.
Judicial Retention: My strong default is yes on the grounds of judiciary independence. I don't think judges should be on ballots, frankly. Will only point out notable ones. John A. Pearce was a unanimous appointment to state supreme court. Diana Hagen successfully prosecuted the Elizabeth Smart case. Michele M. Christiansen Forster wrote a research paper titled "Mormonism and the Search for Community in Early Nineteenth Century America" once. Anthony L. Howell gets glowing reviews. Thomas Low called a convicted sexual assaulter "an extraordinarily good man" with tears in his eyes before sentencing him. Vote: Hard No.
Constitutional Amendment A: Amend Utah constitution to change its language to gender-neutral ("men" to "persons" etc)? Sounds good. Vote: For
Constitutional Amendment B: wonky procedural stuff around wording for elected official qualifications. Not a substantive change in any way, looks like a minor clarity boost. Vote: For
Constitutional Amendment C: Remove language that allows slavery and involuntary servitude as punishment for a crime. LDS church backs. So does the Utah Republican Party and the NAACP. Mostly symbolic from what I see, but a good symbol. Vote: For
Constitutional Amendment D: very wonky water rights stuff. Looks like it's formalizing some de facto practices around municipalities providing water outside their boundaries. Only opposition quote: "I'm always nervous when I see a constitutional amendment that is this detailed to make sure it's correct... I'm a little nervous about the language." Looks good to me. Vote: For
Constitutional Amendment E: enshrines a right to hunt and fish in state Constitution. I agree with the opposition here:
If we do not carefully scrutinize what goes into it, the entire document will lose value. That is not to say that we should not protect hunting and fishing—we absolutely should. But if we do not draw a line between rights that are fundamental and privileges that extend from those rights, we will no longer be able to tell the difference. ...No one is even considering taking away our hunting and fishing rights, so why are we considering inserting unnecessary language into our constitution? By adding this amendment, we will dilute our fundamental rights, like our right to protect ourselves and families, our right to free speech, and our right to peaceably assemble.
Vote: Against
Constitutional Amendment F: Gives legislature more flexibility to determine its start time rather than restricting it to fourth Monday in January. Looks like nobody opposes this one. Sensible procedural change. Vote: For
Constitutional Amendment G: Allows income tax money to be spent on supporting children and people with disabilities. Currently it is earmarked exclusively for education. The few state Democrats are torn on it out of concern it will threaten education funding. All Republicans and some Democrats are in favor. "The constitutional amendment and House Bill 357 are supported by the Utah State Board of Education, Utah Education Association, Utah School Boards Association, Utah Association of Public Charter Schools, and other associations." I don't really have a problem with increasing flexibility of funding like this, and broadly trust that allocation will remain appropriate. Vote: For
Proposition 9: Shift to Mayor-Council county government instead of a panel of three commissioners. More details here. Two current commissioners are in favor, one is against, citing fears of increasing size of government and giving too much power to one person. I think leadership centering on one person tends to be more responsive and better than rule-by-committee, and the majority of current officials support this shift. Vote: Yes
Overall an interesting exercise. I'm always skeptical of voting just because this amount of digging is hardly sufficient, but I still know it's more than 99% of voters do. The real levers of power move long before the ballots on election day. Still, there's one point here I feel very strongly about (the retention of Thomas Low) that I wouldn't have known about otherwise, so it was worthwhile. A few votes make much more of a difference in local politics than national, so please participate, particularly in the areas you feel strongly about.
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2020.10.09 16:03 Grand_sales MCAT Study Buddy Thread for 2021 Testing Year

Welcome to MCATBROS,
This is the Official MCAT Study Buddy Thread for the 2021 test takers!
Studying alone is do-able, but studying with someone who will hold you accountable or to will prove to be far more beneficial! So take advantage of this opportunity to find a study buddy near you or online!
Test Dates are announced, they are as follows: Jan 15, 16, 21, 25 March 13, 26
April 10, 23, 30
May 1, 14, 15, 20, 28
June 4, 18, 19, 26, 30
July 17, 22, 30
August 7, 13, 21, 26, 27
Sept 2, 3, 10, 11
Time of exam 7:30 AM or 3:00 PM Preregistration: Nov 2 for Jan and March dates, Registration - Nov 10 at Noon ET.
In addition to this form, you can also find study buddies at:
  1. facebook.com/groups/mcatbros
  2. facebook.com/groups/mcatstudybuddy
  3. https://www.reddit.com/MCATstudybuddies/
  4. Students/classmates you know in real life! and posting in any of these places.
  5. Send us a DM on instagram (mcatbros) for a telegram group chat with your testing month. We also have groups by resource, and by subject/content area.
To get started, follow the 3 steps to post and find yourself a study buddy (or even group) in your area. ​
STEP 1: Entering your information to be contacted by prospective study buddies
Copy/paste and fill out the following requirements:
Required: Location (City, State, Country): e.g. Dallas, Texas, USA or Toronto, Ontario, Canada Test Date (or Anticipated): e.g. 4/20/20 registered but may reschedule MCAT Prep Material: e.g. Kaplan books, MCATBROS 300 page KA P/S document, MCATBROS Schedule, AAMC materials, Berkeley Review, Princeton Review, NextStep Exams, Altius, Examkrackers, and Uworld. Online/In-Person/Both/No-Preference:
Optional (but recommended):
Stage of studying/study plan: e.g. done with content review, taking 3rd party practice exams right now Goal of a Study Buddy: e.g. keep each other accountable, quiz each other, share tips, combine notes Goal Score and Realistic Score: e.g. 514 goal, 510 realistic Other obligations: e.g. 19 credit hours, extracurriculars, family. part-time job
Optional (100%): Age/Gender: e.g. 23M or 23F
Other Information/Ice Breakers: e.g. I like potatoes so I work in a laboratory with potatoes; I'm a pre-oncological pediatric orthopedic neurosurgeon ​
STEP 2: Find your Study Buddy
Use the "search" function on your browser to easily sift through the thread for your city/state (make sure to pre-load all the comments by scrolling down before doing so).
Make sure to reply BOTH via "comment reply" and "private message"
Note about private information: It should be noted that any private information (e.g. names, specific locations, and contact information, skype, phone numbers, emails, facebook profiles) should be exchanged via PM (Private Message). Don't be discouraged if one study buddy arrangement doesn't work out!
STEP 3 - Make sure to check back We'd appreciate it if everyone would actually check back frequently and respond in a timely manner. Your time is just as valuable as everyone else's time. Let's be respectful of each other.
Online Study Buddies - you can also find online study buddies by messaging instagram.com/mcatbros for a study buddy group.
Happy studying!
~ MCATBROS Team ~
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2020.10.09 09:07 portlane W. Renfro (May 26, 1956 - Sept. 22, 2020)

W. Joyce Renfro
May 26, 1956 - Sept. 22, 2020
W. Joyce Renfro (also known as Wanda Joyce Moy), 64, of Portland died Tuesday, Sept. 22, 2020, of complications from heart surgery.
Joyce was born May 26, 1956 in Klamath Falls, Ore., to the late Kim Shoon Chin and Mue Jim Ng. Joyce graduated from Cleveland High School and attended Portland State University and Portland Community College.
Joyce was married to Roy Murray from 1978 to 2011. She married Barney Renfro in 2013, who preceded her in death in 2019. Joyce is survived by her close-knit family members: her son, Michael Murray (Elaine); three sisters; and two brothers: Luann Moy (Phil Neel) of Arlington, Va.; Linda Chin of Portland; Shirley Dotts (Michael) of Saipan, Northern Mariana Islands; Gary Chin (Christine) of Portland and Winston Moy of Berkeley, Calif.
A graveside service for family and close friends only will be held at 11 a.m., Friday, Oct. 16, 2020, at Willamette National Cemetery. A celebration of Joyce's life will be held at a later date. Floral arrangements may be sent c/o: Zeller Chapel of the Roses Funeral Home. Donations may also be made in her memory, Joyce Renfro, to the Thompson Road Bible Fellowship, 7606 S.E. Thompson Rd., Milwaukie, OR 97222.
For more details, please visit zellerchapeloftheroses.com
Please sign the online guest book at www.oregonlive.com/obits
source: http://obits.oregonlive.com/obituaries/oregon/obituary.aspx?n=w-joyce-renfro&pid=196919677
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