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Coming Soon: Scaling Truth?

If Nassim Nicholas Taleb is right (which he almost always isn’t), and truth is artisanal, then we are fucking toast! Disinformation is already automated, right?! Thank Christ, this may be another example of Taleb saying something that sounds superficially appealing but which might not hold up under proper scrutiny. Disinformation and truth are both emergent…


Lessons from the Jewish community for fixing #auspol

Lessons learned from the bare-knuckle politics of Jewish communal life can be applied to #auspol. There are ways forward. We just need decent, serious people – not dilettantes. And we really need decent media that reaches everybody. Welcome to the Meta Meta Monkey Punk Auspol weekly wrap up and welcome to my head cold. However…


Failures of Automation: Misunderstanding the Hierarchy of Evidence

Folks who are into methodological blood sports would be hard pressed to find a more engaging fight than that between the Cochraneists and the Clinicians over oseltamivir (Tamiflu). You may or may not remember the rush to stockpile this anti-viral drug after the bird flu pandemic of 2005. The stockpiling came on the back of…

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Treat yourselves: Linear Symmetry is amazing!

We stumbled across this on Twitter via the account of Huma, vocalist and electric violinist for the band, Linear Symmetry and we’re hooked! Linear Symmetry describes itself thus: ‘ A unique trio hailing from the heart of the Midwest, Linear Symmetry combines forces to produce electrifying organic dance music. From the first note, Huma immediately…

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The Best of Twtitter All in One Spot! Enjoy our curated Twitter feeds that put the best of Twitter all in one spot. Asher Wolf – #auspol, privacy, good governance, & human rights Tweets by @Asher_Wolf Adam Jacoby – #auspol, direct democracy Tweets by @adamajacoby Denise Shrivell – #auspol, good governance, & human rights Tweets…

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  • Portland school district criticizes release of video of coach disarming student October 19, 2019
    Surveillance footage shows emotional moment when Keanon Lowe encountered student in Oregon cityA Portland, Oregon, school district has criticized the release of video footage that shows a high school football coach disarming a suicidal student, then hugging and comforting the teen.The surveillance video, first obtained by the CBS affiliate KOIN 6 News, shows the Parkrose […]
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  • Boris Johnson sends unsigned request to Brussels for Brexit delay October 19, 2019
    PM sends photocopy of request required by Benn act to Donald Tusk with a conflicting view in a second letterBoris Johnson has sent a letter to European council president Donald Tusk requesting a further Brexit delay beyond 31 October.Despite the prime minister’s insistence that he would not “negotiate” a further extension of the UK’s membership […]
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  • Wales’s Josh Adams happy with favourites tag for France quarter-final October 19, 2019
    Warren Gatland, in his last World Cup as Wales coach, is looking to profit from ‘lost causes’ against Les BleusWales and Warren Gatland will head into uncharted waters on Sunday morning. As favourites for their World Cup quarter-final with France at Oita Stadium, they are in a position previous Welsh teams have found both uncomfortable […]
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  • The Observer view on Boris Johnson’s sorry Brexit deal | Observer editorial October 19, 2019
    Parliament must act to ensure that voters have the final say on our departure from the European UnionBoris Johnson is a prime minister without a mandate. He has never faced an election and has lost every vote he has put to the House of Commons. Yet time and again he has proved his willingness to […]
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  • Saturday’s Brexit vote in 90 seconds – video October 19, 2019
    Boris Johnson has suffered another defeat in the Commons after MPs voted by 322 to 306 for the backbench Letwin amendment to withhold final approval for the PM's Brexit deal until relevant legislation has passed. Meanwhile, an estimated one million people marched on Parliament Square to demand a second referendum No delays, vows Johnson after humiliating Commons defeatWhat […]

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  • What is the solution to Lebanon's economic and political crisis? October 19, 2019
    Outraged, defiant and united behind a demand for political change. Lebanese people from all religious and political backgrounds are calling for the prime minister, president and other leaders to resign. They say they want a revolution, many criticising their own political leaders - something unprecedented in a country divided byThe post What is the solution […]
  • UK parliament snubs Boris Johnson's Brexit deal October 19, 2019
    An extension of the Brexit date would dent Johnson's credibility as he promised to take the UK out of the EU on October 31 'do or die' [Reuters] Britain's parliament has inflicted a humiliating defeat on Boris Johnson days after he returned from Brussels with a deal aimed at ending the Brexit deadlock just weeks beforeThe post UK parliament snubs Boris Johnson's Brexit […]
  • How long will Turkey remain in northeast Syria? October 19, 2019
    A patrol vehicle drives past the Turkey-Syria border wall in Akcakale [Hosam Salem/ Al Jazeera] Akcakale, Turkey - On one side, the concrete border wall topped with barbed wire winds down the street, its faded white painted facade relatively free from graffiti. However, opposite the section where "Neymar" -The post How long will Turkey remain in […]
  • Small-scale Aussie wool makers band together to fight cheap imports October 19, 2019
    A group of wool makers launches a new trademark to recognise textile producers whose homegrown fibre is 100 per cent Australian — from the farm right through to the finished product.The post Small-scale Aussie wool makers band together to fight cheap imports appeared first on theIndependents.
  • Dam collapse in Siberia kills at least 15 gold miners October 19, 2019
    At least 15 gold miners are killed and 13 people are missing after a dam collapses, flooding an artisanal mining encampment in a remote part of Siberia, officials say.The post Dam collapse in Siberia kills at least 15 gold miners appeared first on theIndependents.

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