Subscribe: Flutterby!
http://flutterby.com/mainlong.rdf
Preview: Flutterby!

Flutterby!



Last updated 2017-09-22 15:25:12.871124+00



 




Dan Lyke:

(image) Boats along the river always make me want to know the story...




A Facebook flamewar reminds Huey Callison of someone, and
Dan Lyke:

A Facebook flamewar reminds Huey Callison of someone, and:

Here's something interesting: I just flipped through a pretty spectacular meltdown in somebody else's Facebook thread, and one of the names looked familiar.

It was from a mailing list discussion nine years ago, discussing why usenet killfiles were originally invented. The guy who just in the last few days melted down on Facebook? Same guy that had a famous flamewar in the 80s, just before Larry Wall implemented killfiles.

...so he's not just a nutcase, he's a HISTORIC nutcase. He was a fedora-wearing douchebag before the current generation of fedora-wearing douchebags were even BORN. HE HAS ALMOST SINGLEHANDEDLY DRIVEN INNOVATION IN THE FIELD OF PLONK.




PDF of the working paper
Dan Lyke:

Flint’s lead-poisoned water had a ‘horrifyingly large’ effect on fetal deaths, study finds:

That decline was primarily driven by what the authors call a “culling of the least healthy fetuses” resulting in a “horrifyingly large” increase in fetal deaths and miscarriages. The paper estimates that among the babies conceived from November 2013 through March 2015, “between 198 and 276 more children would have been born had Flint not enacted the switch in water,” write health economists Daniel Grossman of West Virginia University and David Slusky of Kansas University.

PDF of the working paper




Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight
Dan Lyke:

Distrustful U.S. allies force spy agency to back down in encryption fight. The NSA blew their credibility with the Dual Elliptic Curve stuff, and now nobody in the ISO trusts 'em....




Finally, a Movie About the Kinky Threesome That Inspired Wonder Woman
Dan Lyke:

Finally, a Movie About the Kinky Threesome That Inspired Wonder Woman. About soon to be released Professor Marston and the Wonder Women, the story of the origins of the Wonder Woman comic.




Whoa
Dan Lyke:

Whoa: the "Google.com was registered 20 years ago" story made me check Flutterby.com: Creation Date: 1997-08-13T04:00:00.00Z




Stack Exchange code challenge - Build a working game of Tetris in Conway's Game of Life
Dan Lyke:

Stack Exchange code challenge - Build a working game of Tetris in Conway's Game of Life. In which people start with logic gates, build a RISC processor, implement Tetris, and are now talking about a GCC back-end for it.





Dan Lyke:

(image) We're now well stocked, if you happen to have any that need stopping




Epistemic beliefs’ role in promoting misperceptions and conspiracist ideation R. Kelly Garrett, Brian E. Weeks
Dan Lyke:

Reliance on 'gut feelings' linked to belief in fake news: Study finds political bias isn't all that shapes how we perceive truth:

People who tend to trust their intuition or to believe that the facts they hear are politically biased are more likely to stand behind inaccurate beliefs, a new study suggests.

And those who rely on concrete evidence to form their beliefs are less likely to have misperceptions about high-profile scientific and political issues, said Kelly Garrett, the lead researcher and a professor of communication at The Ohio State University.

Epistemic beliefs’ role in promoting misperceptions and conspiracist ideation R. Kelly Garrett, Brian E. Weeks:

... Individuals who view reality as a political construct are significantly more likely to embrace falsehoods, whereas those who believe that their conclusions must hew to available evidence tend to hold more accurate beliefs. Confidence in the ability to intuitively recognize truth is a uniquely important predictor of conspiracist ideation. Results suggest that efforts to counter misperceptions may be helped by promoting epistemic beliefs emphasizing the importance of evidence, cautious use of feelings, and trust that rigorous assessment by knowledgeable specialists is an effective guard against political manipulation.




Futility Closet episode 42 on The Balmis expedition
Dan Lyke:

The Spanish Royal Philanthropic Expedition to Bring Smallpox Vaccination to the New World and Asia in the 19th Century Clinical Infectious Diseases, Volume 41, Issue 9, 1 November 2005, Pages 1285–1289

About the De Balmis expedition. In 1803, 22 orphaned children and the son of the director of the orphanage were loaded onto the Spanish corvette Maria Pita and serially infected with cowpox in order to bring smallpox vaccination to the new world. They brought the vaccine to the Canary Islands, but by the time they reached Puerto Rico, the vaccine had already arrived via the Virgin Islands. However, they set up infrastructure to produce more, and headed on to South America. Balmis split the party, continued across Central America, back on to boats to the Phillippines, China and other parts of Asia, continuing back through the Middle East.

https://doi.org/10.1086/496930

Via MeFi. Now listening to Futility Closet episode 42 on The Balmis expedition.




http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000191
Dan Lyke:

University of Texas at Austin: Risks of Harm from Spanking Confirmed by Analysis of Five Decades of Research

AUSTIN, Texas ­ — The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking by experts at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan.

Probably some things we can take for public policy from this, too.

http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000191 (which isn't currently resolving...)




Wood you? Glenmorangie and Renovo team up for booziest bike ever
Dan Lyke:

Wood you? Glenmorangie and Renovo team up for booziest bike ever.

Bicycle made with oak whisky (they spell it "whiskey", poseurs) barrel staves.




Another study adds to growing body of evidence that chiropractic neck manipulation is a risk factor for stroke. Patients should be warned of risk.
Dan Lyke:

Cervical artery dissection related to chiropractic manipulation: One institution's experience.:

CONCLUSION: In this case series, 12 patients with newly diagnosed cervical artery dissection(s) had recent chiropractic neck manipulation. Patients who are considering chiropractic cervical manipulation should be informed of the potential risk and be advised to seek immediate medical attention should they develop symptoms.

Another study adds to growing body of evidence that chiropractic neck manipulation is a risk factor for stroke. Patients should be warned of risk.




Via MeFi
Dan Lyke:

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1

A wonderful story of misadventure, involving, among other things, Joe DiMaggio.

Via MeFi.




Homes Built to Stricter Standards Fared Better in Storm
Dan Lyke:

Hell has frozen over: The Wall Street Journal is saying good things about building codes.

Homes Built to Stricter Standards Fared Better in Storm. Hurricane Irma as the test case for building codes post Andrew and Wilma.