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"It’s not because straight people won’t want to get married if gays are doing it, too. It’s because it redefines marriage as an institution of love instead of oppression."
 
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Of all the sour grapes conservatives chewed this past weekend over the same-sex marriage ruling, perhaps Ross Douthat’s was the sourest. While other conservatives moved on to incoherent babbling about “religious liberty”, Douthat used his New York Times column to dig his heels into the argument soundly rejected by Anthony Kennedy’s opinion in Obergefell v. Hodges: that same-sex marriage is somehow an assault on traditional marriage.
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Judging from the events of the past few days, it appears that same-sex marriage may be a genuine threat to straight marriage simply because conservative governments will outright eliminate the legal institution of marriage rather than extend it to gay people.
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Amazing.
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I don't always use high level probability theory to make really obscure jokes, but when I do ... 

... actually no, obscure jokes is pretty much it.  
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Short (8:00) video about Alfred Russel Wallace.
A short film celebrates Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with discovering the theory of natural selection.
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Except on Fox News
 
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Justice Anthony Kennedy is a conservative Republican. The irony of Obergefell v. Hodges is that it is also a socially conservative opinion.
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poor fox news is singin' da blues
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This story is finally starting to hit the major press: in the past week, six black churches have burned down. Three of them are being investigated as arson, and the other three are still being examined by fire investigators -- but are highly likely to be arson as well.

I try to put this into my own world and imagine: if six synagogues had been torched the week after a major anti-Semitic terrorist attack, I would be thinking about nothing else. It would be front page, above the fold, in every newspaper in the country. Why, then, is this only now receiving proper coverage?

If you ask why these churches are so important -- why these aren't just ordinary arsons, or arsons against churches first and black churches second -- you can go back to what President Obama said in his eulogy for Clementa Pinckney a few days ago (which people are starting to refer to as "the 'grace' speech"):

The church is and always has been the center of African American life; a place to call our own in a too-often hostile world, a sanctuary from so many hardships.

Over the course of centuries, black churches served as hush harbors, where slaves could worship in safety, praise houses, where their free descendants could gather and shout “Hallelujah.” Rest stops for the weary along the Underground Railroad, bunkers for the foot soldiers of the civil-rights movement.

They have been and continue to community centers, where we organize for jobs and justice, places of scholarship and network, places where children are loved and fed and kept out of harms way and told that they are beautiful and smart and taught that they matter.

That’s what happens in church. That’s what the black church means — our beating heart, the place where our dignity as a people is inviolate.

"The place where our dignity as a people is inviolate:" one of the best distillations of an idea I have heard. A phrase likely to enter the English lexicon. These churches are not simply houses of worship to a god you or I may not share; they are the centers of their communities, and more, they are and have been the refuges and safe harbors of their communities since the days of slavery.

I am glad to see that the news is finally covering this, but why has it taken so long? And how long will it take to stop those responsible, and bring the ones who have already burned buildings to justice?

#WhoIsBurningBlackChurches  ?
All of them happened after the Charleston shooting, but none are being called hate crimes.
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The problem is not with the Confederate battle flag, it's with the people waving it.
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"The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well."
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David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum security New York prison earlier this month, has been captured by police, according to U.S. media.
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Cool!

The meaning of this is that genetic algorithms are highly efficient at solving problems, O(log(n/d)) or "On the order of the log of n/d". 

For instance, a complex problem might required 10^120 steps to find the right combination of part trying one-at-a-time, a GA should be able to solve it in k**120*log(10) steps, where *k is some constant.

Let's make that really freakin' cool!

H/T +Keki Burjorjee 
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+Edgar Brown that's news to me,I should look that up.
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A Wyoming kid transplanted to America's Dairyland. I miss the mountains. I love real winter and snow; it's so clean, clear, and everything I'm allergic to is dead. By day I crunch numbers for research, by night I write or paint or play games or other fun stuff as time allows. 
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In my spare time (ha!) I write blogs about the mathematics of games (Giant Battling Robots) and (sometimes) funny sciency-politicsy-stuff (Dread Tomato Addiction). I am Righteously Agnostic and a Skeptical Humanist.

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Joni Mitchell "Speaking Well" Post Aneurysm
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"The truth is that Joni is speaking, and she's speaking well."

‘The Animated Life of A.R. Wallace’
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A short film celebrates Alfred Russel Wallace, who is co-credited with discovering the theory of natural selection.

David Sweat, escaped New York prisoner, captured by police: reports
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David Sweat, one of two convicted murderers who escaped from a maximum security New York prison earlier this month, has been captured by pol

Explaining Sex, Adaptation, Speciation, and the Emergence of Genetic Mod...
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To appear in the proceedings of the Foundations of Genetic Algorithms Conference, 2015 Hypomixability Elimination in Evolutionary Systems Ab

Lynyrd Skynyrd denounces Confederate flag, angering some fans
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Lynyrd Skynyrd wasn't bothered by Watergate, but now they're sheepish over their use of the Confederate flag.The Southern rock band has long

Ancient, Prickly Worm Finally Shows Its Face - D-brief
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An extinct, worm-like creature has befuddled scientists for over a century, but newly discovered fossil material is helping to solve this my

Evangelical Scientists Refute Gravity With New 'Intelligent Falling' Theory
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TOPEKA, KS—Evangelical physicists are now asserting that objects fall because a higher power is pushing them down.

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An Honest Look at Flood Mythology Leaves Biblical Literalists All at Sea
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Comprehensive discussion refuting claims made by Biblical literalists that flood myths are universal and so provide evidence of the historic

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The Flagellum Unspun
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Almost from the moment The Origin of Species was published in 1859, the opponents of evolution have fought a long, losing battle against the

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That hunky dad will love his little turn on the catwalk when you cast him in Right Said Fred’s sexy 90s hit!

Scientists find evidence of key ingredient during dawn of life
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Before there were cells on Earth, simple, tiny catalysts most likely evolved the ability to speed up and synchronize the chemical reactions

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Truly Major Issues, helping decide the fate of democracy
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I took a break from politics for a while, partly in order to gather breath and pay heed to so many great things that our civilization is doi

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From a nondescript office building in St. Petersburg, Russia, an army of well-paid “trolls” has tried to wreak havoc all around the Internet

Wonderful! We had the fresh fruit crepes and veg out omelette, and they were fantastic.
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Passing through town and stopped here for lunch. Great food, friendly service, and very reasonable prices. If I lived here, I'd come here every week. :-)
Public - a month ago
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"NOW is when you make progress", is something Jeremy often says to encourage us to push ourselves harder as we approach the end of a workout, but it's pretty good advice in general. I used to be in great shape, and I thought I knew what I was doing, but after rather half-heartedly trying to get back in shape for years I just wasn't having any success. My wife asked me to come along to visit her exercise boot camp for a charity workout, and I just joined up right away. This has really been the boost I needed to get moving again. I've relearned exercises and routines more appropriate to my age, gotten in with a high-energy group that I really enjoy, and I'm making the progress that I could not do by myself. So give it a try; NOW is always a good time. :-) A word about costs. If I wanted to do workouts like Jeremy's all on my own, I would probably need a gym membership, some regular time with a personal trainer, maybe a dietitian, and 3-4 hours of time out of my busy week. That adds up to quite a bit. Also, by getting fit I am saving myself a lot of potential health troubles (and bills!) down the road, and enjoying life more while I'm at it. Jeremy is a professional and very serious about helping people get fit, and I don't mind paying for his service. The way I see it, I'm getting a bargain.
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We ate at the West Bay Diner twice while on vacation recently, and really enjoyed it. The atmosphere was great, and the food was excellent. The salad bar, though small, was well stocked, and it was a one of the reasons we went back a second time. Today I found myself wishing I could have another of their fresh baked cookies, and actually pondering the 7-hour drive to get some. Maybe next year!
Quality: ExcellentAppeal: ExcellentService: Excellent
Public - 2 years ago
reviewed 2 years ago