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I've only just started reading this. I intend to finish.

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The story of more than a decade of war, terror and revolution in the Middle East, seen through the eyes of six people whose lives were changed forever.
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"The operation is aimed in part at pre-empting any move by Syrian Kurds to establish themselves on the border."

Probably Turkey have "secured" the US coalition air support and the persmission for the operation by using the improving Russian-Turkish relations as a threat. It is interesting that Turkey is not using her own air force as support.

Turkey is using the recent suicide bombing of a wedding party in Turkey by ISIS as an excuse. That bombing came after a string of PKK attacks on the state assets.
A ferocious bombardment of so-called Islamic State positions marks the start of a Turkish offensive to drive the militants away from the Syrian border.
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ER=EPR is gaining momentum to unite GR and QM, and it is an equivalence principle, that macro links (warm holes) are made of quantum ones (entanglements). All main 4 scientific theories have thier own equivalence principles at their foundations;

1. The laws of physics are the same in all inertial frames (SR).
2. All neighboring objects fall at the same speed (GR).
3. All wave functions evolve at the same rate (QM).
4. All micro-states are equally probable (SM).
 
Wormholes of General Relativity might explain 'spooky' action at a distance (quantum entanglement).

Two groups; +Leonard Susskind, +Juan Maldacena of Stanford (https://arxiv.org/abs/1306.0533) AND +Sean Carroll, Chunjun Cao, +Spyridon Michalakis (https://arxiv.org/abs/1606.08444) appear to be both working towards the same conclusion that ER = EPR.

It looks like an equation of values but it's an equivalency of ideas.

ER being the Einstein Rosen bridge (wormholes), and
EPR being the Einstein Rosen Podolsky entanglement.

If the two are the same phenomena, then this also ties two great fields, General Relativity (Macro-cosmic scales), and Quantum Mechanics (atomic scales) together.

Additional reading:
https://www.sciencenews.org/blog/context/new-einstein-equation-wormholes-quantum-gravity
http://www.preposterousuniverse.com/blog/2016/07/18/space-emerging-from-quantum-mechanics/

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A new Einsteinian equation, ER=EPR, may be the clue physicists need to merge quantum mechanics with general relativity.
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"This script's temperature was 0.4."
 
// This is really well done. The narrator breaks the conceit around 4:30 in the video to explain what he's doing, but the first four minutes are surprisingly coherent and basically indistinguishable from any other well produced popsci youtube video. It sounds more like a dialect of English from a non-native speaker than something utterly without comprehension.

Of course, the effect works because the machine was trained on the specific style of the artist, and he's selling it well. But the important point is that it works. AI isn't quite a fluent speaker of natural language, but it can talk and we can understand what it's saying. This is remarkable in ways that are hard to overstate.

The really interesting thing is that the dialect is systematic, across all media; the script sounds in language the way deepdream looks in images. These networks tend to wear their training on their sleeves, so you can see that DeepDream has a penchant for dogs, or that this script was trained on Big Idea scripts, without too much difficulty. The complexity of the behavior feels rudimentary in the same systematic way, and once you have a feel for how these networks function it's not too hard to spot the behavior at work.

I'm tempted to recognize all the results of this latest generation of ANNs, from the first DeepDream images to the AlphaGo wins, as history's first genuine AI culture. It has a unique and systematic and recognizable style, coherent across genre and form. The style is generated and curated and supported largely by the human culture it operates in, but we're so taken with it partly because it is so new and interesting and unlike the cultures we've built before.

I'm not saying AI is yet equivalent to human culture, at least not yet. Right now, AI is still mostly just the latest corporate toy (in fairness, we're not so different in this regard either). But future AI will trace its ancestry right through to the cultures we're living through today.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3p10knivMRg
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Clinton praises Fethullah Gülen, the cleric who is accused by the Turkish government of masterminding the recent coup attempt. Gülen's Cemaat have been allowed to infiltrate into the army and the state for decades by various governments.
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I do not identify myself as an atheist, but I don't feel too far from it.

I think the US's motivations have been more practical. They just did not like the secular Turkish nationalism. I doubt if Clinton's feelings were isolated to himself.

I agree that the Kemalists went too far in terms of banning this and that, and raising Kemalism to a level of a cult.

Erdoğan's AKP still has many Gülenists and it is unable or unwilling to purge them. Their fight seems to be used as an excuse to purge the democrats, leftists and Kemalists, and looks like a fight between pimps working for the same boss.

As for living in Turkey, I still am undecided, but glad for having reinvested in Australia. If I did not have my family here, I would not have cared less. Ankara is like a large village. It feels very claustrophobic. Too many religious fanatics dictating the life style. Other places in Turkey would not be too different. I heard the foreigners are selling and moving out. Things can get out of hand here.
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A strange formation of 300m in diameter in the Arabian desert.
20°51'44.0"N 54°05'07.2"E
20.862227, 54.085327
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+Satyr Icon must be females :)
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A concise illustrated summary of existentialism narrated by Stephen Fry.

The apparent freedom of choice can be formulated as "existence precedes essence" by the existentialists, but obviously it can also be claimed that 'essence precedes existence', since we have a long genetic history encoded into our genes. Existence happens between these two idealized extremes.

Some people may be weighed down by the choices that they may feel they have to make, while others may happily float on the choices nature or others make for them.
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I think a lot more films are made these days, and many are pretty good. There are many good films in this BBC list, but I think some choices are politically and culturally biased. But then that is BBC for you. They won't give you any sweets without some propaganda.
The best that cinema has had to offer since 2000 as picked by 177 film critics from around the world.
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Synechode, no 20. The one movie I thought about asking for my money back. Stultifyingly boring is being kind.
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The upcoming scifi movie Arrival is being advertised at the moment. I found the communication difficulty a bit far fetched. After all, these creatures have anti-gravity.

When are we going to get a smartly written scifi script made into a popular movie?
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+Akira Bergman I think we'll agree to disagree and leave it at that :)
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A bit of Trump psychology from yesbut.

"Underlying all PDs, no matter the external "flavor", is the failure to have reached the psychic developmental level where disparate, opposing aspects of self and other are able to be mentally integrated into a cohesive whole. This underlies one of the most important associated defense mechanisms, that of "splitting ", which becomes the filter through which self, others & events are perceived."

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Pretty good movie. Faithful to the period's cultural setting, yet with a balance that comes with the sophistication and distance of the modern times.

"Set in early 19th century Romania, a policeman, Costandin, is hired by a nobleman to find a Gypsy slave who has run away from his estate after having an affair with his wife."
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A serious admission. What will the US do? Has Erdoğan bitten bigger than he can chew?
U.S. Central Command Commander Gen. Joseph Votel said Thursday that a number of the U.S. military's closest allies in the Turkish military have now been placed in jail following the coup attempt.
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+Satyr Icon however you look at it, the charismatic one man situation is a high risk one. Too many things depend on the well being of one man. It may not last too long.
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