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The now total desperation of the weather makers and the power structure is glaringly evident on countless fronts. The all out winter weather warfare assault on the Eastern US is taking its toll while the criminal climate engineering cover-up crew at the Weather channel does their best to hide the tracks of the geoengineers.

Breaking data from the front lines of the biosphere are beyond bleak, but the corporate media is tasked with hiding such dire data. When will the western powers play the global conflict card as their last option to retain their grip on power? The January 6th installment of Global Alert News is below. The sand in the hourglass continues to run out. Can populations be awakened in time to make a difference?

Sharing credible data is critical, make your voice heard. Increasing numbers of dedicated anti-climate engineering activists are effectively and efficiently moving the fight forward by their assertive actions.

Our deepest gratitude to Larry and Kathy Burns for placing a full foldout ad in a Washington State newspaper, the "Federal Way Mirror", that was circulated to 29, residents on December 29th, Cape Town South Africa is in the midst of a water crisis and authorities claim that the city will run out of water in the next few weeks. Yet the weather has been much cooler than usual during the last few months, EXCEPT when there are clear signs of geoengineering going on. Every time the forecast indicates good rainfall for the area, they ramp up up the geoengineering efforts and then all forecasts are changed and little or no rains falls like the last few days.

You can get a glimpse of the clouds on a regular basis via the Cape Town webcam: South Africa does have a history of geoengineering with various programmes supported by state owned entities. They are taking the incoming storms and causing them to be fast tracked east wher they are having horrible weather. If you go on to the NOAA website for the weather reporting station closest to where you live, you can look at the hourly weather observations sky condition column.

The weather observer will document the observed cloud layers, types, heights of the clouds and the amount of cloud layer coverage, which is measured in 10ths. Example a 25, feet High scattered cloud layer that is present, will be recorded as SCT which is if Natural, a Cirrus type Cloud layer. I always notice this High layer of artificial clouds sprayed particulates when the GeoEngineers are spraying particulates for Solar Radiation Management.

The cloud layer will usually appear at Sunrise, to obviously block out the Sun. High cloud layers should not always occur daily! Hopefully this information will help you and others with research. Hi just watched Dane's interview with Lionel I see he hit most of these topics. Some of the military stuff is probably not relevant to geoengineering specifically. Great interview, it's incredible and shocking that people think geoengineering is a solution…keep up the good work and thanks.

Working like a bitch in mental health unit in uk informing top pychs heeding warning trying to protect q and country doing all i can may god be with u getting all young nurses up to speed trump bucking up whole world x. This is a major understanding humans must deal with. Things were somewhat even until THEY got the bomb. Now a gun is held to our heads as THEY plunder at will. Kill humans at will. Their prototypes pretend to be football owners, businessmen, bankers, mayors, presidents and military leaders.

Just recently the mayor of Chicago was calling for UN troops to quale the violence in the streets, which he has created. And of course the UN troops are the long arm of the Vatican. They that hide behind the Vatican demand 'UNconditional Surrender'. With their wars, vaccines, GMOs, geoengineering and nuclear weapons to guard their fake reality, one may wonder why THEY fear us so much.

Why THEY want our minds and pineal glands destroyed. Well, maybe, if we are left alone with ourselves, to go within and traverse the real universe and understand our power of imagination and our illusion of life, THEY understand and fear our consciousness and abilities to see them.

We must remember that we are genius, with imagination and immortality. Together we form the human spirit the most powerful force on earth.

Our experience here is the only proof of our existence. This we must celebrate with love. On an individual bases we must go within and listen and discover what action one can take. Any action is good on an individual bases if one feels, truly, that it promotes the common good.

That's what keeps you sane. I was surprised when Dane mentioned my High school, of course, I was a 'rose bud' then. Love is not the reason, neither is it the answer. I am so sick of blah blah love, we dont need love right now, we need anger. Love is just one of the many emotions a person feels.

It is neither greater or lower than any of the others. What your point, Kazadum9? It doesn't have a name, but it comes with a lot of strength. Anger just makes you easier to kill. They live on that. They live with chaos and hate, too. Don't let them dangle you by the strings of a fake reality. So that you respond like them. We have the imagination and abilities to create what we want…all of us together. Your true power would be wasted in anger.

Take action for the greater good and there is no wrong or right, honor, family, country. Just our lives to live. I will say more, probably Love is the main and central emotion that regulate all the other secondary emotions. Inclusively all the chemical attack that we humans are suffering is probably besides all the other reasons already identified an attempt to destroy our capacity not only of reasoning but also to Love ourselves and others.

The chemicals, the heavy metals, the electromagnetic radiation, the nuclear radiation. The MFs have a profound envy of our human emotional and Moral capacities, because of that they hate us.

As the experts say, the impulse to murder that they have is "what is in their structure to do". First off, it was raining on Sunday evening with an air temperature of 26 degrees here in the Chicago area. Since we've had extremely cold temps for many weeks, the rain froze once it hit the ground but was clearly in liquid form as it fell.

Second thing, last Saturday, I recorded a temperature of minus 16 degrees and our forecast for this Thursday 5 days later is 55 degrees. We havent had a winter in Colorado for the past 5 years at least.

They make sure they get Xmas and New Years cold then they basically give up the rest of the winter, right now we are in the mid 60's we were in the 50's for about a week, its going to go on like this indefinitely. The National Weather Service has predicted more severe weather, heavy rain, and possible flash flooding, mud and debris flows for the Thomas Fire burn areas in and around Montecito, Summerland and Carpinteria over the next several hours.

If you are in debris flow areas, leave now and go to high ground. They know that the System died in , they know that better than I know it, but it's very obvious when you look at what's going on, but we are inside of a massive money-standard shift, that's really what the crypto-currencies are all about, that's going to be the new money standard.

Samsel says this chemical should be banned, its production and use should be stopped and shut down lock, stock and barrel. In my region in Iberian Peninsula, many organic cultures are showing positive results to several chemicals, among them glyphosates.

The farmers say they are not using that products and many do not have conventional farming near their fields. Those "guys" are spraying with the planes everything they have. Samsel on how glyphosate damages our digestive Enzymes all our animals have digestive problems even our wildlife btw: Monsanto knows darn well what they do.

Glyphosate inhibits our digestive enzymes, so our food cannot be processed properly, triggering a cascade of auto-immune responses. This is something Monsanto knew nothing about and did not take into account when checking glyphosate's safety using standard toxicology tests. Samsel maintains that there are no safe levels of glyphosate and its safety assessments need to include enzymology.

HIs findings are pending publication and he is ready to inform EPA, FDA as well as his senators of this new finding on serious potential health risk associated in foods that contain glyphosate. Great Anthony Samsel, he has to be aware of the fact that maybe he is in a dangerous situation, this evil poison is the jewel of the corporation.

Worse than monsanto's evilness, only the weapons industry and the nuclear industry. I am astounded by the number of people I talk to that tell me they do not care about the future of the world as long as the collapse of our world happens after they are gone. We are a selfish small minded species with no value.

We have ruined a planet in the blink of an eye and most people seem perfectly happy about it as long as they can pursue their trivial desires. If the average person cares less we stand no chance stopping the psychopaths running the world. Michel Chossudovsky, someone I appreciate and admire. He has made an excellent start in the New Year for us to share. It is very heartening to see globalresearch. Hello, Dennie, that is just new for this year. Chussodovsky and Global Research have been at this for a while already, at least for a decade.

Is it unreasonable or unthinkable to wonder if the power structures that perpetuated this crime against humanity might attempt to cover their tracks through nuclear warfare. I hate to think this way. I'm not sure how to write what I need to get off my chest regarding two separate yet probably connected issues. Number one, I've waited patiently for anyone to write in here about their experience tending the Gem Faire Geo Engineeringwatch booth.

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You acquitted yourself well. The worst that can be said for any of us is that we probably should have ignored the rabid dog, rather than playing along. Late to the party. I wanted to say I found it all very funny. It was also in blatant violation of commenting policy. I thought about de-lurking just to ask you not to get yourself banned.

Hilarious and embarrassing and rather sad! I can certainly see why, having made a separate post two, if you count the prior mention of the blockchain dating stuff signal-boosting the guy, Scott is not pleased with how the resulting comment storm reflects on his credibility. Yet both is what he got! Was it all Nepalese Navy Seal? Is a lot of the sturm und drang of the previous thread related to the fact that enlightenment has a few different meanings in English?

Who do we blame for this overlap? Was it historians using the Eastern term to describe a historical period that developed after sustained contemplation? Convergent evolution from a common Indo-European root? Easterners looking for a suitable word to translate their concept into? I think I left out a step in my reasoning.

Mahayana Buddhism gets pretty similar to this, where the Dharma Body of the Buddha is all things visible and invisible, and merging with that is the last step you take after kalpa upon kalpa as a limited but nigh-omnipotent Boddhisattva altruistically helping deluded beings. I tried asking Gupta, but, well… you know. I was wondering something similar. Are there useful senses of the word that are technically possible for a person to attain?

And better yet, are these states falsifiable? I would say that having no stressful thoughts and not experiencing stress no matter how other people treat you would be useful and could be measured by medical scientific equipment. It seems a lot easier than Enlightenment. I think we could get that from Stoicism, assuming we integrated Stoicism into our worldview on a deeply intuitive level. Doing that is kind of hard though. It mostly boils down to reflecting on the tenets of Stoicism a lot, trying to notice opportunities to apply them in various situations and hoping that it will become habitual over time.

I tried doing that and it did work, but very, very slowly. It was an ideal goal to aspire to more than something you can actually do. Gupta showed up, decided that questioning enlightenment was super evil and racist, and tried to call us out, especially Deiseach. Thanks for the summary.

As a reader here, I would have been happy to have a moderator step in politely at the second or third sign of impulse control problem and shut it down. My initial reaction was this, but on reflection I think Scott did the right thing. You have to moderate people who act in certain ways because frequently there are no repercussions to their bad behavior otherwise.

To allow posters in general, and anonymous posters specifically, to lash out like this would push the entire board down that path, but when the subject is one guy, and he confines himself to that one thread and he is a public-ish figure maybe another stipulation then his attitude and behavior are part of the subject being discussed.

What you say makes sense. Oh I read like 4 of his posts in and the second time he called everyone chimps I checked out, it was terrible. I agree with cuke, having looked at some of that trainwreck of a thread. The norms that make this a fun and interesting place to have discussions ought not to be violated; that stuff is more fragile than it looks. You are looking for projects to support, either to help the projects succeed or as opportunities for you to level up.

You want other people to create projects you would be interested in giving money to. Or want to discover existing projects you can support financially. Survey link seems broken above. The link on greaterwrong. What kinds of things are in your field that you treat as witchcraft, even though you feel like you should understand it better than you do?

The best way that I can explain what I mean is to use an example from my own field structural engineering: This feels like something I really should understand better than I do, rather than just trusting The Book. Most everything else I understand what the equations are telling me and how they got them.

I should probably have some idea of how to prove it for continuous functions on closed intervals, at the very least. These are a lot easier to follow. It seems nice and elegant. Much of the truly low level stuff is really not useful to know. The actual electric signals. The smallest parts here are bits. Classically this is the level of the stack that deals with communication between devices that are either all physically connected a la token ring to each other or at least effectively so i. Ethernet is an example of a protocol at this level.

Sometimes divided up into two sublayers: The parts here are called frames. This is the level where networks of fully connected computers communicate with each other. The devices that manage this are called routers switches and hubs are at layer 2. IP is the most important example of a network level protocol. It deals with packets as its atomic elements.

This is the layer that uses the simple connectionless network layer and builds on top of it a protocol that can insure an an entire file for example is transmitted in the right order and without any missing parts. The most important example is TCP. The last 3 layers session, presentation, application are the protocols that are more familiar with as web developer.

In fact sometimes they are collapsed down into a single layer just called application. Its pretty easy to understand these layers with the right metaphors. My source for everything below is a few years of co-op work at a company that programmed cable gateways.

I am by no means an expert, but I was the only person in the building who could reliably hack together decent internal packet logging. Your computers are sending ones and zeros to each other, but its ultimately just information. You know what else is information? Imagine a room full of people playing multiple concurrent games of telephone with each other, and that is basically the internet.

Layer one is the physical sound waves composing the words, the air that is carrying them, and maybe the ears of the people involved. For layer two, how do I get a sentence from one person to the next? Expand the metaphor a little bit for layer three. You can only talk to a few people who are right next to you. Fortunately, everyone in the room is strictly divided by social circle, and there are a few well connected people in the room who spend a lot of time learning every social circle and how to get there.

When conveying a sentence for anyone, just start by saying the social circle and the name of whoever you want to hear it. The sentence will make its way to a well connected person, who will send it to the right social circle, and the circle will get it to the right person. The room is now abuzz with people routing around mostly unconnected sentences from different games of telephone.

I never dealt with any of the layers above four. Yep, this one is me, except for the part about actually understanding the things. People in my office treat me like an IT guy because I have mastered the basic rituals of what to do when the computer is unhappy. Googling the name of the program plus what you want to do with it is almost certainly more productive than trying menu items at random for most programs.

Most of the deep number theory in crypto. I barely passed 3 college courses in my engineering degree using them. I keep begging for someone to find a way to have them make sense for me.

And the Fourier transform has a very nice intuitive interpretation. And a Fourier series is just a power series on the unit circle…hmm. Laplace transform … Power series Imaginary exponents…. Laplace transforms are continuous versions of power series with a change of variables to make calculations easier. This is the Laplace transform.

Turn it on, and it sends regular pulses of current into the nerve. Somehow this prevents seizures — about equivalent to a medication, for the properly-selected patient. There are certain types of seizures it treats that are very difficult to treat with most other therapies. It also works for refractory depression in adults. And no one has any idea how it works. Or why it works. They are doing the stimulation at the earlobe, which makes it even more arcane. If I understand correctly, one current working theory is that the vagal nerve is related to stress-like reactions.

This fits well with both epilepsy and migraine afaik, and for weight loss it also makes sense if you consider that many overweight people are stress-related eaters.

Anecdotally, people also report feeling more laid-back when being stimulated, which fits, too. A few of the replies are the answers I was considering, but I realize that those are things I can imagine myself understanding if I could be as studious as I was in high school again.

This makes more sense if I mention I mostly do audio games, because they generally suck and I would like to fix that. No one can explain what the problem is or what might improve it. So much of these parameters are worked out through trial and error. Specifics which have bugged me: Nobody really understands what makes these cells chemocompetent upon incubation with divalent cations. The protocols work, though. I often get loads of unspecific PCR products and faint bands of interest with them.

Frankly I have no idea where to start in learning this skill, and have decided to make an end run around it. And people like me will pick the supplier that offers technical details, interfaces that allow us to become power users learnable, and not afflicted with gratuitous change , and a whole host of other details.

We shopped at Lands End before Sears ruined it. We bought Nexus phones before Google decided not to appeal to geeks. You have to make your solution sound hard and look easy. One way is to ask non-engineers about their workflow and needs, but they generally lack insight in the possibilities, beyond what they are doing now. So you are generally going to hear requests to have their exact same workflow they already use, except a little better. One way how to deal with this is to do UI prototyping, with tools like this.

Most people can only critique an app when seeing it, so this allows pretty good advice, without you having to build the app first. Note that some software also has an option to change to an advanced interface. So you can design software to appeal to both groups. User interface design is kind of a bullshit field.

If you keep throwing a concept at people for long enough, it eventually becomes ingrained. The close button is on the right because… you get the idea. If you want to buck the trend, you have to spend a long time propagandizing everyone about why your new way is better. And normally the arguments are mostly bullshit. As for executives being sociopaths… well, duh.

I wish I knew more about it, but it requires a huge amount of mathematical heavy lifting. Also, what was embarrassing about it? Unless I miss my guess, the embarrassing thing was the extent to which regular commenters here continued to bait and engage with Gupta when it was clearly a negative-sum interaction.

I found it very interesting at least! The problem is with the guns they mount, and specifically that they were designed around a unique extended-range shell. Now, those extended-range shells are an expensive program in their own right, which would have been reasonably economical if they were being used by 32 Zumwalts as originally planned; but because of other issues with the ship the Zumwalt order got cut down to three, which renders the ammunition prohibitively expensive.

The good news is that the Zumwalts still have a perfectly good helicopter and 80 Vertical Launch System cells vs. Thank you for the perspective. Good to know that even a military as professional as that of the US has difficulties with their acquisition process….

I work a job that I generally like and am qualified for, in an engineering department of a much larger business with a high-proportion of non-technical staff. Same goes for orderliness. Whilst they are not openly hostile toward my ways of working, they have been reluctant to indulge to the extent I would like. I am not in any position of management, purely technical role.

Does this sort of thing always end in resignations or can it be managed by me sneakily doing a lot of quality work that escapes the RADAR of my colleagues?

The obvious advice is looking for a job while you have your existing job that pays similarly or more, but with people more your speed. Being too noticeably excellent has a tendency to inspire backstabby office politics and gossip in the kind of work culture it sounds like you work in. Perhaps you can transfer to another team that fits you better.

Have you tried talking directly about why your coworkers do things the way they do them? If you want to keep the easy job and just match what coworkers are doing, you could try releasing your pent-up need for quality by freelancing or consulting on the side. I did that for a while at a previous job and was happy working fewer hours for a while and then eventually I got recruited by Google.

I second the advice to look for a better job and explain why in interviews, which will count in your favour with a good company. Not only is it frustrating to work in a company like your current one, but it stifles your professional development: Which could be a reason for the seeming anti-productivity; if his colleagues have to be in by eight and sit in the office until five whether or not they have the actual work done by three, why would they exert themselves getting the work done and then be sitting around for a couple of hours trying to find something as a time-waster until they can clock out?

I am in a similar situation. It is truly maddening and I am afraid that the lack of productivity will severely damage my ability to be productive in the future.

Alternate option, is teleworking an option? There are other reasons for discouraging that. Anyway, you may want to channel your needs into tooling to make the life of your coworkers and yourself better. Three months in is not a lot of time. Be open to the possibility that things are the way they are for good reasons or for bad reasons that are beyond the power of anyone in the department to change.

Give it some time, ask around politely, and try to figure out why things are as they are without pissing anyone off. Hopefully your bosses will notice and you can expect rapid advancement, including eventual chances to hire folks who are more to your taste. I had an experience somewhat like this several decades ago. After a few weeks of measurable productivity much higher than my co-workers, a group of them approached me.

Being inexperienced and far younger than they, I did what they asked. And I have long regretted that act of cowardice. It took many years for me to unlearn what I learned that day.

Leave for a better company. Just a heads up: Scott is doing an impromptu AMA over at the subreddit. How do you write so quickly? I find it takes me a dozen or more hours to write anything as thorough as one of your blog posts.

To add to this, what is your process of writing a post? Is the idea fully formed at the start, or does it develop as you write? Do you do workshop your posts with an editor, or get feedback from anyone, or do you just write them and post them up? Just write them and post them up. Not really, usually I do them one at a time. I think it managed to say something important without being the kind of controversial stuff I have mixed feelings about getting into.

I also think this post on non-shared environment is important and something not enough people are saying. And the cactus person one. I would like to write more such posts, but it takes a lot of time and energy. How much religious education, informal or otherwise, do you actually have? My religious education is limited to enough Hebrew school to get bar mitzvahed in a Reconstructionist synagogue, ie an hour every Saturday until age Do you have any plans or ideas to write and publish books besides Unsong?

If, for some reason, you had to write another book that is not a SSC blog post compilation , what would it be? If I had to write another book, I think it would be set post-Singularity and have to do with what Eliezer calls Fun Theory ie how would a society of near-omnipotent transhumans with no real challenges amuse itself? Do you make any money off SSC?

I only spend a fraction of that on blog-related expenses, so I come out pretty ahead. On various occasions you have been noticed by bigger-than-you people, which one you are the most proud of? This is the Internet age. This is the only definition where the term makes sense for me.

Are there any writers that you think particularly pushed you in this direction? Much more thanks for stating something they already believed clearly than for changing opinions. Scott, how long does it take you to write a post. How do you manage to practice psychiatry and still put out so much worthwhile content? It takes me a couple of hours to write a post. Also, I have no social life and pretty much avoid all my friends and never talk to anybody, which is helpful. Having friends I never talk to is a big step up for me!

When I was working ninety hour weeks, time was a real constraint. When it was just fifty or so, still not really a constraint. How literally are we supposed to interpret these answers? Like I said, I have a really healthy social circle, I just rarely talk to the people in it. And if so, was it worth it? No, I am naturally not very social. My move to the Bay Area was fine.

Is your family supportive of you? My family is great. My dad told me recently he was disappointed in me because I got quoted in the National Review, but I think he was joking. How would you characterize your epistemic standards in your personal life?

Have you ever personally experimented with nootropics? Are you skilled at lucid dreaming? Any surprising opinions on it, or advice about the best approach? Do you read Tarot? I was into Crowley when I was a freshman in college, just like everyone else.

I think Book Four is really interesting and maybe even plausible. How many thoughts do approximately appear per day? I have a pretty verbal thought process. What do you think about simulation theory? What are your top five fiction books? When I was really young, Homeward Bound: What books are next on your reading list and why? Do you enjoy listening to jazz piano? No, I have no ability to appreciate jazz piano, even though my brother is a famous jazz pianist.

I feel suitably guilty about this. Also, do you have any culinary techniques that you think other folks could benefit from? What recent scientific developments do you think are the most important? How would you characterize your epistemic standards in your professional life? It seems like many medical diagnoses are non-falsifiable, especially in psychiatry, where it seems like we can define symptom clusters as dysfunctional when viewing from the population-level but never prove a given person has a given psychopathology — is that correct?

This has been my experience of psychiatry too. My guess is that the effect size of this process is high, even though the effect size of any given antidepressant is low. Also, how did you decide between academic and pure clinical practice? I decided between academic vs. Probably too late now, but did you consider remaining in Ireland, or moving there are some later point, after your time in the hospital there? The Irish medical system is really exploitative of its young doctors.

Any advice for rotations? Otherwise take easy ones and get a break from the grind of everything else. A reader, this is how I imagine him writing. We are fortunate that he is a cat, rather than a monkey, or we would have ended up with Shakespeare plays. In re Fun Theory: Forgive me if this is a naive point: Why would you mindhack yourself to enjoy maths and science when you could just mindhack yourself to like hydrogen?

You point out that maths and science are likely to be infinitely long with satisfying accomplishments along the way. Living organisms are fiendishly complex in a way totally unlike anything designed by humans. Even the very tame bacteria we grow and study in the lab have to many things going on and are not that easy to manipulate reliably.

That, and the fact that they have the very annoying habit of not being as consistent and as robust as we want them. The main reasons software exploded, is that it takes very little capital to do, training is available for free on the internet, can make a product very fast at least POC , and there are no regulatory requirements. Compare that to biological engineering — takes a lot of capital, require a lot of expensive training, everything takes years to make, and tons of regulations on everything, especially anything you want to sell.

This makes investments a lot more risky you need a lot more money, at earlier stage of product readiness , so you have much less of them, over a lot less human capital. I know that previous students have been able to transition into bio research afterwards; that might be more via networking opportunities than coursework, but the same caveat applies to computer science bootcamps. There was a lot of excitement when the human genome was first sequenced.

But how many practical technologies have come out of it? We were told that there would be a new era of personalized medicine where doctors would use your genome to give you appropriate therapies. But this never really happened, for a lot of pretty good reasons.

Genetic engineering is nifty. It lets you introduce totally new genes to organisms. Both its proponents and its detractors overestimate how powerful it is, and underestimate how effective conventional crossbreeding techniques are. Our pigs, cows, and crops are already grotesquely bio-engineered to be unwieldy nutrient-generating machines. Biological systems are a huge mystery, even to the experts. And the species we most care about, humans, is also the species we are least able to experiment on.

Perhaps it would be useful to the progress of biological science if it had the equivalent of a microcomputer: Just to give a concrete example of a bio-engineering company that I heard about recently… I talked to someone who worked at a company that makes giant fermentation tanks that create various chemicals. The idea is that you can splice the right genes in and get the microbes or fungi making the substance that you want.

This is evolutionary, not revolutionary: I think a lot of fields are like this: Perhaps bio-engineering will be like this too? Another interesting thing about the giant fermentation tanks is that after a few days, the organisms evolve to get better at reproducing and worse at making the chemical you want.

So basically after something like a week, you have to empty the whole tank and start fresh. Seems like the key then is to figure out a way to bring reproducing in line with producing the chemical you want, and once you figure that out you might find efficiency increasing by that necessarily-qualitative tenfold.

The main reason in my opinion is that it is very difficult to obtain a taste match with a preexisting brand. The minor products of fermentation make a very important contribution to the overall flavour of the beer. These factors are affected by such things as the dimension and shape of the fermentation vessel, the amount of yeast growth, the amount of oxygen and nitrogenous material in the wort, the pressure inside the fermentation vessel, the temperature during fermentation and the character of the strain of yeast itself.

It would be very difficult to get these details right and brewers with established brands have a lot to lose if they get them wrong. Before they made the insulin that way, they got it from animals, right? So not a death sentence, just not as clean or nice a way to get it. My girlfriend has been suffering from eustachian tube dysfunction for almost 3 years now.

She had been taking decongestants like Sudafed, antihistamines, had tubes placed in her eardrums, was popping her ears by blowing air while holding her nose closed, using an earpopping device that blows a continuous stream of air into your nose, visiting dentists to check for TMJ, went for audiograms, etc. Not much relief from all of that. The clinic visit was productive, the doctor examined her thoroughly and diagnosed her with mild Patulous Eustachian Tube, where her Eustachian tube opens a little too wide.

This was very interesting because up to this point, the other doctors gave the impression that the problem was the opposite, that her tube was too narrow and that was causing the problem. The doc suggested some things that could help: She also recommended stopping use of all decongestants and ear popping techniques since they would stretch her Eustachian tube.

She also said it might get better over time, or it might be a lifelong condition she would just have to live with. Obviously, having to live with the condition forever would suck immensely. Is there anyone else here that suffers from patulous eustachian tube or has experience with it that might know anything that could help?

Any remedies or things to research? Any tips that could help her fly in an airplane? There might be other manuevers, but I would approach them with caution…. Wait for a while before you try again. If you mean the earplugs that slowly let the pressure equalize like Earplanes, yeah she has. Last time she tried those in combination with the noise cancelling headphones to try to deal with the noise.

Maria Lectrix, a public domain audiobook podcaster with a Catholic sensibility, made a very nice recording of herself singing the poem.

As far as my friends and i know this is only version of that poem put to song that can be found. Since we all very much enjoy it, one of said friends is considering having the song professionally scored. As mentioned it is in public domain, and it would remain so, just now with orchestral accompaniment. Unfortunately the price to do so is outside the reach of what our combined pocketbooks can spare, so i was wondering if perhaps some of my fellow SSC commenters might be interested in contributing to such a project.

I thought the show was His total lack of virtuous qualities makes him oddly appealing. She has pure motivations save her daughter, get out and is ruthless but not needlessly cruel in achieving that. Maeve is a bit to ruthless for me to be really sympathetic. Sizemore is a weasel, but unlike your giaus baltar types, he knows it and never pretends to be anything else, even to himself.

I find something endearing in his honest shamelessness. Why abandon a good thing? The show does not make even a pretense of threatening her anymore. She can and does overwrite the nascent free will of every other Host around her, casually, without resistance. She leaves a Host to die defending her for no good reason; the Host survives again, for no good reason , and is happy to see her back…and we know that she could have made him be happy to see her back.

The problem I keep coming back to with Westworld is that I have zero sense of internality with the Hosts. What was his deal? Did he know or care that people were being murdered outside? How are we supposed to model him and his decision-making? He was given stage directions to let him act as a prop in a way that would evoke a particular emotional reaction, and that is all he was, and all he ever could be. As it stands, I honestly sympathize most with the Man in Black right now.

Let the Most Dangerous Game begin! They are the only ones I can relate to. The hosts are just unpredictable teenangst-drama machines. At university me and a mate prepared a legitimate engineering case for 3D-printed buildings or at least large structural components , at a time when the only things being printed were plastic keyrings and parts for 3D printers.

Evil Mustache Games, a games company that spends no money on advertising, but designs games for maximum controversy. Their first game, Border Defense, is about stopping smugglers and illegal immigrants from crossing a border, mostly by shooting them.

Their second, A Peaceable Nation, is a political strategy game about implementing nation-wide gun control. Nah those would be their second and third, their first game would definitely have been Muslim Massacre. Your company has been around a lot longer than that. Scott has blogged about how difficult it is even for him to initiate and conduct an experiment even on something fairly trivial.

It would be cool if random people could suggest something interesting to study, either they or other people could refine it into an experimental design, and then crowdfund conducting the actual study. It would probably be more efficient for researchers than trying to persuade several different grant adminstrators that their project is worthwhile and then trying to persuade several different journals to publish it, and the crowd input would mean that problems could be ironed out before final publication like oversights in the experimental design, forgetting to control for relevant factors, statistical errors in the analysis, etc.

A very good idea in principle, but I think that it only works if the researchers make a proposal and then crowdfund. Either way is good. When you wish you had a survey, do you ever look at GSS? I had a similar idea, except instead of striaght crowdfunding, make it into a lottery: Is there a link between chocolate and intelligence?

Perhaps it would need some sort of barrier to entry, maybe an association with a university? Even if there were flaws I think the building of such an academic community could do wonders for replication and honesty in addition to all your great points. The Society could propose that governments issue Certification of Household Formation to any pair or larger, if all members of larger group agree of people who request one.

Said Certificate would bind the Founding Members together into a legal partnership with mutual ownership of Property, joint Power-of-Attorney, inheritance, rights-to-claim-health-coverage-with-partner, and many other legal benefits and privileges that will make it easy to run a Household as a unit. Since the legal consequences of this are so large, some sort of waiting period and background-check, for previous Formation of Household that was not Dissolved fully might be required.

This thought sprang from the realization that A Law and Culture of the United States interprets the First Amendment to restrict mixing of religious authority and civil authority at all levels of government.

B Law and Culture of the United States also has religious officials who can adjudicate over the Civil Law process of Marriage C The definition of Marriage in the United States seems to run into a tangled nest of assumptions and definitions, most of which appear to be due to the mixing of Religious Authority and Civil Law.

My own preference is that if one founding member of a Household wants to dissolve the union, and another founding member does not, the legal guidelines ought to favor the one who does not wish to dissolve the union.

And it may be easier to decide how the support of such Children should be funded, and decide how the now-Dissolved-Household would exercise authority over the Children, if the process depends mostly on economic ability of the relevant Founding Partners.

Relevant to the number of Founding Partners: I suspect that Medical Power of Attorney can get very tangled if there are three Founding Partners, and one of them is comatose in a hospital. Do both remaining non-comatose Founding Partners have equal authority, or does the Household Charter need to appoint an precedence-of-authority, so that the Medical Authorities have a Primary decision maker to consult with?

Taking internet moderation seriously. There was this forum i lurked in which for a period of time i felt had a moderation which did a very good job of fostering and maintaining the culture most appreciated by its commentariat.

They did this through an interesting combination of two particular aspects. The first was that the board rules were written up clearly in legal-like manner such that moderators could cite chapter and verse on each violation. This lent a certain air of objectivity to their actions.

Tempering this was the second aspect, which was an approach to actually enforcing those rules more akin to that of a popular dictatorship, complete with deliberately cruel show trials for enemies of the people. It was very popular with the user base since it had both the appearance of impartiality, and the reality of catering to their biases. That said, the whole thing only really worked as long as the guy in charge continued to play the role of charismatic dictator.

Once he grew bored of it and started delegating more power it fell into marked decline. Not wanting to be a censor is precisely the quality you need to have a censor be tolerable. Nucleotide bases ,reagents needed for the process and a known fairly standard strain of bacteria, some standard plasmids and some antibiotics. It would consist of an oglio synthesiser.

A pick and place liquid handler ,cameras and a basic sequencer to confirm synthesised oglios. The user specifies a plasmid and custom sequence to be inserted. The machine handles creating the sequence, confirming it, inserting it into plasmids and plasmids into bacteria then selects for bacteria with turn correct plasmid without the user needing to have wetlab skills. It would make it easier for small outfits to generate microorganisms that can generate products like custom proteins.

People visiting government offices?! I think that UBI will heal a lot of the political divide in this country by driving poor people from urban centers out into rural areas where the cost of living is lower and their UBI check can stretch further. This will expose rural americans and urban minorities to each other in a way that rarely happens in real life today, and align their interests to some degree, while also revitalizing rural economies somewhat and bringing their interests overall more in line with the rest of the population.

I clearly remember the first open thread, which came out just as I had started to keep up with SSC regularly, and having no idea that this was the start of a major SSC tradition. My memory of commenting on a query about a strange package is so far nowhere to be confirmed. Maybe this would be a good thread to comment on how we each found SSC, our initial impressions, our history with reading and commenting, how it influenced us, etc.

As for this blog itself, I thought it was brilliant as soon as I got a look at it, but I never really imagined it booming as much in popularity as it has, nor did I see it getting as far towards mainstream recognition as it has.

I apologize for the stupid questions, but how do you check your post history and past open threads? Your first open thread comment is what you thought it was. Haha thanks for taking the trouble of looking into this! I recall switching to lowercase for some technical reason, whereas Lskantope is obviously a typo. The avatars are through gravatar. Would you mind explaining briefly how this works? Are all our email addresses visible through our gravatars? What is our gravatar? Is it that little kaleidoscope thing next to our name?

Gravatar generates the image unique to email addresses. If they are different, it usually means a different e-mail address was used for that post. Sometimes the algorithm changes so several peoples images change at once.

Also, stupid question, but I want to get the terminology right. You have a photograph next to your name. Is that still a gravatar?

At some point looks like about 9 years ago I went to gravatar. It looks like the Gravatar generation system is open-source and might not use a salt just going by https: Your email is probably already more vulnerable from other places though. Confirmed that Gravatar is easy to confirm a guess with: For security purposes, all that matters is that the URL is md5 of the email address.

But, for completeness, the algorithm to generate the identicon from the hash is no longer open source. It not only makes me so hyper-aware of my body that almost every sensation becomes painful, but it also makes me feel bad emotionally.

I think it makes me feel scared, lost, perhaps even anxious. Have you tried reading any of the heavily recommended meditation manuals beforehand? The Mind Illuminated by Culadasa for example? That text and I assume others provide strategies for dealing with aches and pains. I did a little googling, but probably only spent a few hours on it in total. But even thinking too much about meditation feels bad. Thanks for the recommendation, though. Do you have a strong religious background that makes you feel guilty about dabbling in another religion-adjacent practice?

One point in favor of reading some generally accepted text on meditation is for solid technique. I sometimes get a similar feeling from thinking in too much detail of the tendons in my body sliding up and down through whatever it is they slide through, or reading about psychoactive drugs and the effects they have.

For people who tend towards anxiety or depression, meditation at the beginning can be a festival of discomfort because the mind has not historically been a very relaxing place and so becoming ever more aware of all its activity can be more activating. Like, if you want to meditate to help reduce anxiety or depression, there are books and other materials tailored to meditating for that purpose. Almost any of the guided meditations here: Thanks for your input. Haha, perhaps this cuts to the centre of it.

Thanks for your response. It also includes little videos to illustrate the concepts every few meditations. The guided meditation has been helpful too, where the host reminds me that my thoughts will wander, but to bring attention back to the breath. When you feel pain, try to notice it but stay detached.

Same with the anxiety, noticing it but staying detached. Then bring your attention back to the breath. Also, counting your breaths can help as a focal point when your thoughts wander. The feeling of my arms pulling on my shoulders under their own gravity hurts. The meditation itself is ok. Who would be interested in a monthly SF book club organized in this forum?

The idea is that every month we would select a new science fiction or fantasy book and talk about it here. As I recall, the person running it was temporarily banned for some reason and never came back when the ban period was over. Spin , a novel by Robert Charles Wilson. One night, a barrier around Earth appears, blotting out the stars and isolating our planet from the rest of the universe.

A young scientist dedicates his life to determining the nature of the barrier and understanding why it appeared. Incandescence , at novel by Greg Egan, explores the idea that a pre-industrial society might discover General Relativity. Updraft , a fantasy novel by Fran Wilde, is an aerial adventure, where people travel in hang-glider-like contraptions between towers of bone on a mystical world. Spin is an all-time favorite of mine, but I would not be adverse to a re-read and discussion, though probably only if the intent was a discussion after having read the entire book as opposed to a discussion after every X chapters.

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When she finally met up with him, she slowly realized that she had remembered everything wrong. She had finally terminated the pregnancy and left him. I found the whole concept of not only having false memories, but being able to acknowledge it all afterwards really startling. I figured that this was as good a place as any to ask. That said, people developing false narratives about failed relationships and actually believing them is actually pretty common in my experience.

As far as I can tell. Thank you so much for tracking that down. I thought I was a good googler but you put me to shame. Even funnier that I had a false memory about when I read it. I can still remember which company I worked for when I read this — except that memory is wrong! Then, not long after that, we just stopped talking about it. No more discussions online or in newspapers. It was rather strange. Are you calling bogus the idea that people can hold false memories, which became popular after the memory-recovery thing was challenged?

People can definitely hold false memories, of different degrees: In a hypothetical world where schooling was somehow not at all about signalling but only about instilling useful life skills, what would most parents demand of schools for children?

Would schools as we know it even exist? I think the main way my own answer differs from what we expect of schooling today reading, writing, basic math and science, basic knowledge of history, etc. I had to join the Boy Scouts to learn how to make a boat more of a raft, really , but there was at least half-hearted coverage of most of the other things.

It covered careers, social skills, money management, citizenship, sex ed, first aid, hygiene, staying safe online, crime, drugs etc. No public speaking per-se, but we did plenty of presentations to the rest of the class in other subjects. This document is a guideline for teaching of these things in the UK. All I took away from it was a notion that acid might be more interesting than I had previously supposed. Which, in fact, it is. But budgeting might help for young students to realize how expensive life is.

Basic tax preparation is useful here. Also, how to spot a crap opportunity so people stop plowing money into bitcoin, and how to leverage things like HSA for retirement savings, plus how to search for higher-yield savings accounts as opposed to settling for.

Home Economics and Home Repair: Simple stuff like how to make a decent meal, how to patch clothes and self-tailor, some basic home repair and car repair. Business writing has nothing to do with those 5 paragraph essays from English class. Speaking in public is a useful skill. Thing is, schools already teach all these things to some extent.

Like, I learned how to refinish a window frame pretty quickly. I remember when my son was in high school I thought it would be useful for kids to learn how generally glean any truths out of someone trying to sell you an ideology.

That is, bring in speakers that have various political opinions, and then discuss with the kids how they could analyze what is probably true, what is obviously false, and the not determinable. I figured this would be very valuable for kids in their future lives trying out new ideologies. But then I realized that there are probably no high school teachers who could do this analysis themselves, much less teach it to kids. Someone has to be able to teach it.

There is a model of education which begins with Grammar the basic symbols and rules of Logic, Language, and Mathematics. That model then proceeds to Logic use of Grammar to analyze logical problems; diagram sentences and understand paragraphs; find the unknown value in a mathematical statement.

Then the model proceeds to Rhetoric ability to argue a point in logic; skill to present a convincing argument for an idea; capability of presenting a clear and valid answer to a complex mathematical problem.

The rest are inconsistent with being an upstanding member of most subcultures currently available. And AFAICT, a fairly large proportion of folks in that position actually know this, though they may not state it in such an explicit form. That said though, my own childhood education took place abroad, and the schools there managed to hit at least some of those points quite well — at least, as far as science is concerned.

To be fair, we also had to write an essay about it, but I kinda failed that part…. I think this was actually well worth the cost. You can train people to memorize truly staggering amounts of information with relatively simple techniques. I agree these things can be quite useful; my eighth-grade history teacher explained something along these lines to us the first day of class, gave a few random examples, barely mentioned it again, and I still remember most of the shopping list he covered and the height of Mt.

See for instance The Truth of Fact, the Truth of Feeling which was mentioned further up in this thread, to take this sort of thing in a more speculative direction. You can only google for things that you think to google for. My impression is that they are useful for learning sets of things all the plays of Shakespeare, all English monarchs etc. If I had to guess those parents are probably concerned with farming and identifying plants, making pottery, hunting, maybe basic literacy and rhetoric, etc.

The world where schooling is not about signalling at all which has been the case at least going back to the foundation of universities under feudalism, and includes societies under communism and Nazism is one that something incomprehensible has happened to. They focused on four things: It was a useful template for education, with very limited time and resources, and prioritizing the items that were most effectively taught in a classroom setting on a predictable schedule rather than by experience or when interested.

Amish-Mennonite — the church called itself Mennonite but had a lot of Amish features strict shunning, the requirement of permission to change churches, etc. There were very strict limits on types and sizes of businesses.

Back to the OP: Since you have actual experience with it and are therefore relatively an expert, would you say the model is generally good?

I grew up in Tennessee. Being vague-ish—this is already very identifying. I left when I was 22, a few weeks before turning The Amish-Mennonite model works well, if what you want is education and not babysitting. Two of my brothers, and one of my sisters, taught in those schools. They are amazingly effective for well-disciplined children, who have been trained to work and focus outside of school, and who will get a good bit of experiential learning outside of school. The model could easily be extended to older grades and more subjects and it is being extended; as the economies shift, Rod and Staff has started writing books above 8th grade, for example.

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