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Applying CS concepts to questions in philosphy.
Applying CS concepts to questions in philosphy.

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The 2017 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held December 5, 2016 at UC San Francisco and co-hosted by Stanford University and UC Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.

This is the schedule of talks: http://breakthroughprize.ucsf.edu/schedule. This one is listed as the first. Presumably others will soon be uploaded here.

Talks are +TED-style, about 15 - 20 minutes.

This is the Breakthrough YouTube home page: https://goo.gl/g2787K

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iPS cells are stem cells that have been created from skin cells. These cells can then be coerced to become any type of cell we want. This work was originally demonstrated a decade ago. One advantage of this is that it allows researchers to create large quantities of certain cell types for study. Since many diseases result from the malfunctioning of just one or two cell types, this technology makes it easier to study the malfunctions. We are now moving closer to cures for some of these diseases. For example, macular degeneration has been halted (for two years so far) in a patient by transplantation of these cells.

I had not known of this research, but it sounds extraordinarily promising.

This video is on in a series of breakthroughs in many fields presented last December 5. This one was just uploaded. Don't know about the others.

The 2017 Breakthrough Prize Symposium was held December 5, 2016 at UC San Francisco and co-hosted by Stanford University and UC Berkeley. The daylong event included talks and panels featuring Breakthrough Prize laureates in Fundamental Physics, Life Sciences and Mathematics, as well as other distinguished guests.

This is the schedule of talks: http://breakthroughprize.ucsf.edu/schedule. This one is listed as the first. Presumably others will soon be uploaded here.

Talks are +TED-style, about 15 - 20 minutes.

This is the Breakthrough YouTube home page: https://goo.gl/g2787K

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No one pays for anti-Trump protests. But even if someone did, that would fit right into the Republican view that money is good for politics. Can't see why they are complaining either way.

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Heading for the second million. 1,068,799 signed as of this posting. Add your name.

Indirectly via +Chris Fink

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I was getting kind of tired of the Who's Second videos, but this one about Israel is terrific. You're gonna love it.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger on the evils of gerrymandering. Probably nothing you don't know, and a recommendation to follows California's non-partisan redistricting commission approach. But worthwhile.

As Schwarzenegger points out, between 2002 and 2010 California held 265 Congressional elections. Exactly one results in a party change! We now have competitive districts -- although no statistics are given.

Sam Wang of the Princeton Election Consortium is one of a number of people who have developed measures of the fairness of a state's districts. It has to do with the average closeness of the votes in the districts -- although it's more complicated than that.

Fair districting should be one of the issues to be raised in this era of progressive awakening. The courts have found some districting plans unacceptable, but not standard measure of fairness has been adopted. We desperately need one.

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As an advisor to the Trump campaign, Attorney General Jeff Sessions is too close to the situation. We call on Sessions to recuse himself and appoint a special prosecutor to investigate.

There are currently 83,603 signatures. Goal: 100,000 signatures!

PETITION BACKGROUND Did Mike Flynn break the law when he talked to the Russian Ambassador? Did the Trump campaign contact Russian intelligence services? What is the relationship between Trump's team and the Russian government? What did Stephen Bannon and Donald Trump know, and when did they know it?

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Betsy DeVos, unexpected supporter of LGBT rights.

Ms. DeVos initially resisted signing off on an order eliminating protections for transgender students and told President Trump that she was uncomfortable with it, according to three Republicans with direct knowledge of the internal discussions. The draft order would reverse the directives put in place last year by the Obama administration to allow transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice.

Mr. Sessions, who strongly opposes expanding gay, lesbian and transgender rights, fought Ms. DeVos on the issue and pressed her to relent because he could not go forward without her consent.

Mr. Trump sided with his attorney general, telling Ms. DeVos in a meeting in the Oval Office on Tuesday that he wanted her to drop her objections. And Ms. DeVos, faced with the choice of resigning or defying the president, has agreed to go along.

Congratulations to Ms. DeVos for standing up for LGBT rights. She could have resigned in protest, but I"d give her a pass on that this time.

As usual Trump comes out looking like the fool.

Mr. Trump initially expressed sympathy for LGBT rights during the campaign. But Mr. Trump appears to have been swayed by conservatives in the administration who reminded him that he had promised social conservatives during the campaign to leave the question of bathroom use to the states.

Trump said last April, for instance, that he supported the rights of transgender people to “use the bathroom they feel is appropriate,”

Despite his personal views, his decisions in office have been consistently to the right on social issues. And he has shown considerable deference to the religious right, including the many religious conservatives he has named to top cabinet posts and the pledges he has made to fight for [so-called] religious freedom protections and restrictions on abortion.

So Trump's personal view is that LGBT rights should be established and preserved, but he doesn't have the guts to follow through on that now that he's President.

Let's make America great again with respect to health. This new article (https://goo.gl/p0lX23)in The Lancet says we are falling behind. By 2030 women in South Korea will have a life expectancy at birth of more than 90 years. Women in the US can look forward to about 83 years. Men's prospects are similarly poorer in the US.

One way to Make American Great Again is to improve health care rather than improving the bottom line of the health care industry.
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