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The linked podcast is on vote trading, and is worth listening to.

However, I wish to reply to an article on Kos, which I don't make the main link as I want those unwilling to perform a dissection to get the podcast as I don't want to boost the readership of the article among those who are not forearmed regarding its failures. I will provide the link well below the 'fold'.

The article on Kos is a classic in the pettiest partisan thinking, and is an utter failure in terms of empathy, as the author fails to understand the thinking of those who think differently from themselves, instead lazily applying the Golden Rule (self-projection with minimal tweaks so as to change position). They're willing to stand in another's shoes, but not look through the other's eyes.

So here are the two straw characters that the author paints:
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Hypothetical:

We have in Swingsylvania, BOB WHITE (see what I did there).

Bob fancies himself a progressive, who just cannot betray his ideological purity to vote for Hillary. Of course Bob hates Trump, but will nonetheless vote for a candidate who cannot win, despite living in what could be a game-changing state. Bob acknowledges Trump will do a lot of things that would hurt a lot of people, such as a Muslim-ban or an expensive, ineffective, and offensive wall along the border.Trump would also try to lower the federal minimum wage, but Hillary is just as bad because she wants to increase it to $12 dollars, instead of $15.

Why does Bob feel this way? I don’t know: It could be stupidity, misogyny, stupidity, privilege or maybe just stupidity.
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Meanwhile in MaryLeft, we have DEMI MORESENSE (Ok, that one is just weak).

She wishes things would move left faster, but she knows Hillary will do all that she can to help people. MaryLeft has voted Democrat in every election in recent memory.She is thinking of swapping her vote.Why does she feel she should do this? I honestly, haven’t a clue.

Now, Bob says he will trade his vote, with Mary. He says that way Hillary gets the swing state vote that is going to be a bigger help than her Blue State vote. Bob just wants to get his candidate enough of the vote to secure federal funds in the future, but would be willing to make the trade.

Should Mary do it? OF COURSE NOT. Nor should she otherwise support a third party for president in 2016. You have the right; but that doesn’t make it right. (Did you even read the title or the diary?)
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Article source: https://www.dailykos.com/story/2016/7/29/1554288/-Why-You-Shouldn-t-Trade-Your-Vote-With-a-3rd-Party-Voter-Also-why-you-should-not-vote-3rd-Party
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If you start by insulting your straw voters, you are well on the road to failure in the empathy stakes. Insults are attempts to cajole and shame, which isn't going to work on the individuals. It indicates that this article is directed toward the converted, to harden in their prejudices. But those who are acting on prejudice without good reason are extremely likely to end up doing to wrong thing.

The first thing is that Bob White is not likely to be such a pathetic specimen as painted here. The establishment progressive candidate has pursued wars under the previous administration, as well as being more than happy to oppress whistle-blowers. While the regressive candidate is undoubtedly worse, they reasonably fear that their own position will get no recognition and only some representation if they vote for the establishment candidate.

What is more, far more interesting than the fact that they want to vote third party is that they are willing to vote for the establishment progressive, making them more likely to get in, at a cost that will not influence the electoral result. Instead of asking how to change this individual's vote (spoiler: offer a trade), the author wishes to insult them into thinking differently.

Realistically, whether offered a trade or not, Bob White is likely to buckle in the end. Come the election, as inevitably happens, third parties get seriously squeezed as the likes of Bob White lose their bottle.

Rather than Bob White, consider his neighbour Jo Green. Jo leans towards anarchism, but believes that society needs to change first. Perhaps, like Jill Stein, she believes that even if the regressive gets in, a more radical progressive movement would grow that would bring us closer to anarchism. Jo would however prefer a more organic route to her destination, so if there were a way to grow the radical progressive vote while keeping out the regressive candidate, she would be happy to do that. Jo is principled, so she would hold to a vote trade, and would trust the counterparty as she has a basic faith in most of humanity, especially if offered a two-for-one deal, as was offered at trumptraders.org. Such a deal would give an additional reason to move her vote: an inducement to double it.

The author would clearly like to have nothing to do with Jo, and would see Jo as a deluded idealist. The author doesn't even consider the likes of Jo since they have their ire directed towards the likes of Bob White and his 'Bros'. Nonetheless, Jo's vote can be won over, and the vote could help turn to election. However, the author doesn't respect Jo, and their failure to empathise means that they do not trust Jo to follow through on her promise, since evidently the author believes that to be good is to agree with themselves, and so Jo would be willing to cheat for reasons related to why she is willing to delude herself with such a bizarre and unrealistic political view.

Moving on to Demi Moresense, here the author suffers a different failure: one of reason. She flatly denies that Demi has a reason to trade, and thinks her slightly nuts for wanting to trade. The author doesn't dislike Demi, but doesn't see why she would be willing to boost the third party vote so as to make them stronger in future elections. To be fair to the author, the author hasn't yet made her argument as to why it should be obvious that Demi shouldn't trade, and I will consider that below, but the author's attitude here is subject to criticism nonetheless.

Firstly, even if it turns out that it is a mistake to trade her vote, there are arguments that have been made, the most basic of which is that if one's vote were cast somewhere else, it would yield a better result. There might be an answer to that and other arguments, but to say that one hasn't a clue as to why she would be considering trading her vote is to seriously lack imagination.

The author addresses Demi (calling her Mary - the name of the state, thus betraying a failure to properly consider each voter as if they were actual human beings), saying that OF COURSE she should NOT consider trading her vote to vote third party, boosting its support so that it might receive federal funds, and then as a non-sequitur, 'Nor should she otherwise support a third party for president in 2016.' Wut?

The author's failure of empathy has extended to one on Demi's behalf. Demi is able to consider the motivations of those who think differently from herself, unlike the author, and realises that helping Bob is at the very least a price worth paying for keeping out the spectacularly bad regressive candidate on offer. In the real world, Demi would be likely to have some sympathy for the third party, and would also see that allowing Bob and his beliefs more of a say in future elections is in some important sense democratic.

In the zero-sum partisan world of the author, to help a third party is to harm the main party, and the wrong kind of democracy is to be quashed. The two party system is the right system, and compromise is betrayal.

But let us not be too harsh. Maybe the author has arguments, and she has just been careless hastily setting up straw folk for illustrative purposes since she knows that her arguments are sound.
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In response to the scandal, Zuckerberg is going to hand over regulatory power on the use of data for academic research to, and I'm not making this up, the Charles Koch Foundation.

Thread: https://threadreaderapp.com/thread/983341220222074880.html
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This is not an isolated incident. Many sites have been experiencing the same thing.
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Surprise graphene discovery could unlock secrets of superconductivity.
A sandwich of two graphene layers can conduct electrons without resistance if they are twisted at a 'magic angle', physicists have discovered. The finding could prove to be a significant step in the decades-long search for room-temperature superconductors.
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It was especially hard to remove the 'P'.
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H/T +Joi S .

As the novelist Lionel Shriver put it at the Brisbane Writers Festival: "Those who embrace a vast range of 'identities'…are now encouraged to be possessive of their experience and to regard other people's attempts to participate in their lives and traditions, either actively or imaginatively, as a form of theft."

I think that this sentence describes what troubles me about the concept of cultural appropriation. Often those within a culture haven't yet been taught how to be WOKE about their identity, but the worse appropriation is in the other direction. Western concepts of intellectual property ownership are making property and artificial scarcity out of what was formerly enriching cultural influence, turning diversity and self-definition into appropriation and inauthenticity. But this cultural concept of inauthenticity originates in the thinking of the Nazi, Heidegger.
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Ask G+: is it possible to tether a phone to itself?

My phone is rooted. I'm getting frustrated that I can't use my phone in various ways because it isn't on the same network as the rest of my devices.
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I did a small amount of work on a friend's project, on GitHub. I am posing it here at his request, as he would like others to join the project.

What does it do? The executable takes one image, and renders it 'in the style of' another while upscaling it. It does this by looking for parts of the 'style image' that are similar to the source image, and uses that to infer detail. Given something a little fractal, like woodland (say), the inferred detail when the source and style image are the same is surprisingly good. But it also does interesting things when the style image is quite different, such as a blob, or a bunch of lines, as one can see from the examples. The blob leads to a stylised 'ink drawing' type render, and the lines look like an outline sketch.

The coding might take a little time to penetrate, so if anyone felt like it, clarifying the code might be a good thing, but then so is extending functionality. As my friend decided to code this in C# (sorry!), I have been using Mono to build it. The latest version might have a little Windows crud added, but you can just remove the references to it in the code, and the project will build.
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