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Alright, here we go.

I am on:




Twitter (not actively posting, but I read it every day)



Discord sarahrooroo#2507



And, finally..... I GUESS...

Facebook (but let's be real, I'm not gonna friend most of you, just follow. maybe)

I realize we're flying in all different directions right now, so as I find more things to log in on I'll add them in the comments. Please drop me a line, or follow me, or whatever, if you have any of the above listed things.
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For all your December PoGo Event planning needs!
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Revenge On Package Thieves: Hacker Makes A Special Delivery

[Mark Rober] was fed up with packages going missing. He kept receiving notifications that his shipments had been delivered, but when checking his porch he found nothing there. Reviewing the CCTV footage revealed random passers-by sidling up to his porch…
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Representation matters, and sometimes it saves lives

CW: suicide ideation/thoughts
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I haven't yet finished this 17 course, schadenfreude-rich feast of discomfort for Trump and his associates. It's too damn long to take in in one sitting, so I'm saving the rest for later.
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A quick list of evolving / growing investigations into the President and his businesses.
Robert Reich's recap from over on the FB:

Here's a quick guide to the ongoing legal investigations of Trump:

1. By special counsel Robert Mueller:
_-- Russian government’s election attack (the Internet Research Agency and GRU indictments) _
-- WikiLeaks
-- Middle Eastern influence targeting the Trump campaign.
-- Paul Manafort’s activities for Trump
-- Trump Tower Moscow project
-- Other campaign and transition contacts with Russia
-- Obstruction of justice

2. By the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York:
-- Campaign conspiracy and Trump Organization finances
--Inauguration funding
--Trump super PAC funding
--Foreign lobbying

3. By the U.S. Attorney for the District of Columbia:
-- Maria Butina and the NRA

4. By the U.S. Attorney for the Eastern District of Virginia:
_-- Elena Alekseevna Khusyaynova, alleged chief accountant of the Internet Research Agency, charged with activity that went above and beyond the 2016 campaign. _
-- Turkish influence, including Michael Flynn’s plea agreement

5. By New York City, New York State and other state attorneys general:
_-- Trump taxes: City officials are investigating Trump’s tax payments, as is the New York State Tax Department. _
-- The Trump Foundation

6. By Attorneys general for Maryland and D.C.:
-- Emoluments clause. They issued subpoenas earlier this month for Trump Organization and hotel financial records relating to their lawsuit that the president is in breach of the "Emoluments Clause" of the Constitution, which prohibits the president from accepting payments from foreign powers while in office.

Note: Even if Trump pardons himself or is pardoned his successor, violations of state laws could still put him in jail.

#maga #ModernDayPresidential #VeryStableGenius
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Psychiatrist Hand-Knits an Anatomically Correct Replica of the Human Brain
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I saw this in my stream and bookmarked it but I'm afraid I forgot who originally shared it. This is about the so-called replication crisis in psychology. In this case study, it appears that it's nothing to do with poor analysis techniques at all. It's simply because people are really frickin' complex. Cultural influence and self-belief matters enormously and finding genuine universal properties is hard. Maybe some studies really were badly done, but this one looks like a case of things working exactly the way they're supposed to : a basic claim is made, then further findings start to reveal the nuances of the situation.

As anyone who has ever tried a diet knows, exerting willpower can be exhausting. After a whole day spent carefully avoiding the snack machine and attempting to take mindful joy in plain baked chicken and celery sticks, the siren call of cookies after dinner may be just too much to bear. This idea — that exercising self-control gets harder the more you have to do it — is called ego depletion, and it’s one of the most well-known concepts in social psychology. There are popular books on it. Most of us have probably have personal experience with it.

But what if a huge study of thousands of people found no evidence for ego depletion? What if some cultures actually show reverse ego depletion — where exerting willpower actually makes exerting more willpower easier? What if I told you that ego depletion does exist — but only if you believe it does?

“In psychology, nothing happens all the time. We find stuff that happens sometimes. That’s about as well as we can do.” People have bad days and good ones, sleepless nights and restful nights, good and bad childhoods. “I think the scientific question should be, ‘what are the conditions under which [ego depletion] does and does not happen?’” Baumeister says.

This idea — that sometimes it happens, sometimes it doesn’t — isn’t particularly satisfying. Most of us were taught that, in science, a scientist forms a hypothesis, tests it and then throws it out if it doesn’t work. That’s what the philosopher of science Karl Popper thought, says Janet Stemwedel, herself a philosopher of science at San Jose State University in California. In this view, scientists go out every day and “throw hypotheses in the deep end of the pool to see if they can swim.” By Popper’s standards, if ego depletion fails to replicate, it’s a failed hypothesis. It deserves to drown.

I think everyone knows that abject falsification is an unusual extreme. Much depends on how specific the claim being made is. If it's that "ego depletion is a universal phenomenon and a fundamental feature of the human brain", then that claim is clearly BS and deserves to be shot down (certain issues with the measurement techniques notwithstanding). But if it's the more interesting and vague claim that "ego depletion is a thing that happens sometimes", then saying that it doesn't always happen so the theory is wrong is itself BS : it would be neglecting a very interesting finding about how strong our subjective beliefs influence us. It's right to make claims as specific as possible so that they can be testable, but there's a huge difference between examining the fundamental mechanism proposed and the conditions under which it operates. This happens in physics as well as psychology.
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