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Just so you all know, any social media post or comment that I make that causes controversy was written by my wife.

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@elduvelle

I’m not that controversial!

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“Students brave enough to risk their financial aid and scholarships are derided as childish rather than principled. And though they are educated to participate in civic life, as soon as these students exercise their First Amendment rights, they are told that protecting private property is a more pressing public concern. It’s as though some older adults simply can’t wrap their heads around the idea that college students, who are old enough to marry, have families and risk their lives for their country, are capable of having well thought-out principles.”

https://www.nytimes.com/2024/05/17/opinion/student-protesters-gaza-hillary-clinton.html?smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&sgrp=c-cb

tdverstynen, to random
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There are two paths to success in modern academic science.

  1. Be the gatekeeper for access to funds/resources and dictate conditions favorable to your public image.

  2. Do good science with as few resources as possible and get lucky.

Can you guess which is more common?

elduvelle, to random
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The idea of a Credit Card is the perfect example of how much the US loves adding completely unnecessary steps to a process.

Debit card: pay a bill by transferring money from your bank account to the person’s account - 1 step

Credit card: pay a bill by using credit from a company, waiting from them to actually transfer the money, transferring money from your bank account, waiting for that to actually proceed otherwise you have no more “credit” in your credit card - 4 steps.
Also, never go below your available credit otherwise you’ll have to pay horrible interest!

Other examples: American taxes, American healthcare, American pension, American voting system,…

#USAProblems #CreditCard

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@elduvelle

I have met folks that refer to their credit limit as their “savings”. So basically debt is such a default idea that many people see it as normal and not a trap.

tdverstynen, to random
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Can we please talk about RFK Jr.’s neurocysticercosis without demeaning people suffering from brain trauma?

tdverstynen,
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@jonny

My problem is that this condition is probably an epidemic in poorer countries (something one of my professors in grad school always pointed out). So this whole news cycle feels trivializing towards something that does cause real (and preventable) harm to probably millions of people unlucky enough to be born in areas with poor sanitation (these are food borne pathogens).

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This is a garbage headline that is fractally wrong and also why biden has lost 20% margin in youth vote in a year. The only violence at the encampment was committed AGAINST them by the police and the fascist mobs the police gave carte blanche to. The encampment was NOT chaotic - it was highly orderly, well disciplined, and a place of education and solidarity. The encampment is a protest AGAINST violence sanctioned by the Biden administration.

tdverstynen,
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@jonny

Notice that he doesn’t urge the police or administrations to refrain from violence

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Circulating word is that plans to disperse Palestinian solidarity encampment at 6. A number of groups including faculty and campus unions are planning on rallying in defense. Meanwhile an administrator has entered the camp to negotiate

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@jonny

Man this sounds like a long night. Stay safe!

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    @grimalkina

    Also we should stop calling college students “kids”. They are legal adults and should be treated as such.

    tdverstynen,
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    @grimalkina

    Sorry, I wasn’t referring to how you were using it necessarily. My apologies for that confusion. I was more referring to how people use “kids” when talking in general about college students

    tdverstynen, to random
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    So we are clear, according to the Roberts’ court:

    Federal student loan forgiveness: TYRANNICAL OVERREACH!

    Federal protections of reproductive rights: TYRANNICAL OVERREACH!

    Any sort of regulations on guns: TYRANNICAL OVERREACH!

    Environmental protections: TYRANNICAL OVERREACH!

    Application of Section 3 of the 14th Amendment: TYRANNICAL OVERREACH!

    The idea of blanket immunity for Presidents, even for acts that involve assassinating rivals or overturning election results: Well that’s an interesting and nuanced question that we must seriously consider by ignoring all historical & constitutional precedents.

    tdverstynen, to random
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    Finally watching Rebel Moon and realizing that Zack Snyder’s directing style is like if Michael Bay tried being Christopher Nolan.

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    If Dr. Shafik gets booted, then I do not envy university presidents.

    Displease politicians about pro-Palestinian protests and lose your job.

    Please politicians about pro-Palestinian protests and lose your job.

    Your job is dead the second you get called to testify to Congress.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/26/us/columbia-university-nemat-shafik-vote.html

    tdverstynen,
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    @jonny That’s what I want to do of I ever get to be a department head/chair

    tdverstynen, to random
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    A more accurate headline: Six people with no medical training want to dictate emergency medicine because of narrow religious views developed centuries before germ theory was discovered.

    https://www.washingtonpost.com/politics/2024/04/24/supreme-court-arguments-abortions-emergency-emtala/

    tdverstynen, to random
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    Between Columbia’s decision to have law enforcement quell what was otherwise a fairly typical, peaceful college protest because it was pro-Palestinian and USC’s decision to cancel the speech of a valedictorian simply because she is Muslim, I think we can safely dispel the notion that universities are unapologetic bastions of liberal progressivism.

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    tdverstynen, to random
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    I love how Fallout is basically the Communist Manifesto with mutant gunslingers, exoskeletons, and cold fusion.

    tdverstynen, to random
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    As a victim of childhood gun violence, it took me decades to really come to terms with the trauma. Now we’re raising an entire generation of similar gun violence survivors because we can’t stand up to the small, loud, and well financed minority of Americans who love their guns above all else.

    We can do better.

    https://www.npr.org/sections/health-shots/2024/04/18/1244820482/gun-violence-children-us-shooting-survivor-disability-trauma-florida

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    tdverstynen,
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    @NicoleCRust

    We’ll see how this pans out. Could just be a dud, but if any robotics company could pull it off, my money is on Boston Dynamics.

    tdverstynen, to random
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    I think about this plot a lot these days.

    erinnacland, to academicchatter
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    In a recent Dan Ariely paper:

    "An experiment was conducted. It was preregistered. The results section was written up in a way that reads as if the experiment worked as planned. But if you go back and forth between the results section and the preregistration plan, you realize that the purportedly successful results did not follow the preregistration plan.

    They’re just the usual story of fishing and forking paths and p-hacking."

    @academicchatter
    via https://statmodeling.stat.columbia.edu/2024/04/04/its-ariely-time-an-example-of-the-success-of-preregistration-in-revealing-problems-with-a-published-paper/

    tdverstynen,
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    @erinnacland @academicchatter

    Repeated abuse of the preregistration process should be punished by a ban from submitting preregistrations on OSF (or other servers).

    tdverstynen, to random
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    Nothing screams modern America like the uber-wealthy underpaying the people who maintain their mansions and estates so much that they have to live in tent cities hidden out of view in nearby woods.

    Tax. The. Rich. Out. Of. Existence.

    https://www.nytimes.com/2024/04/07/nyregion/hamptons-workers-long-island.html?unlocked_article_code=1.ik0.WGNI.VneBbrmEVByM&smid=nytcore-ios-share&referringSource=articleShare&ugrp=u&sgrp=c-cb

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