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by Bjinse on Mon Sep 30th, 2019 at 07:44:35 PM EST
Evil Research Generates Fake Comments on News Stories

A new algorithm called DeepCom can read simplified versions of news stories and churn out comments that resemble those written by human internet-goers, according to research shared on the preprint server ArXiv last week. Purportedly designed to help news sites jumpstart new comments sections, the algorithm seems like yet another way to fill the web with pointless spam.

The engineers, who hail from Microsoft and China's Beihang University, built two versions of DeepCom for English and Chinese-language sites.
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The research paper provides a case study where DeepCom commented "the rockets are going to have a lot of fun in this series" on a news article about the Houston Rockets, for instance -- while the other algorithms spewed out nonsense that would have immediately been flagged as spam.

Thanks, Microsoft.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 01:34:54 AM EST
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Baby bottles may go back millennia in Europe
Chemical signs of nonhuman animal milk in the artifacts suggest that the small clay containers, previously found in three children's graves in southeastern Germany, represent early versions of baby bottles, researchers report. Spouts on these types of pots would have delivered milk to babies and young children during weaning, biomolecular archaeologist Julie Dunne of the University of Bristol in England and colleagues conclude September 25 in Nature.

Two of the graves where the newly analyzed vessels were found date to between around 2,800 and 2,450 years ago. The third burial dates to between about 3,200 and 2,800 years ago. Two of the youngsters died at around age 1 or 2; the other might have been as old as 6.

Similar clay vessels with spouts, some of which are shaped as animals, date to as early as 7,500 years ago in Europe. Such finds have been recovered at early farming villages, often in children's graves. Possible uses of these objects, say for feeding babies or perhaps elderly or sick adults, have been unclear.

Ancient sipi-cups.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Tue Oct 1st, 2019 at 03:25:45 AM EST
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APsplainin | Twin births in US now going down, at lowest level in decade
Why the decline? Experts can't say for sure. But Joyce Martin, the report's lead author, noted the decrease occurred only in white women and in women 30 or older. Those women are the biggest customers of expensive in vitro fertilization treatments, which are involved in roughly 15% of multiple births. And there's been a shift in how that technique is done.


Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Thu Oct 3rd, 2019 at 07:20:34 PM EST
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Apsplainin | ["]Group["] pulls video that stirred talk of designer babies
The National Academy of Sciences posted the video earlier this week along with a tweet it later removed.

The tweet read: "Dream of being stronger? Or smarter? Do you dream of having a top student or star athlete? Or a child free of inheritable #diseases? Can human #GeneEditing eventually make this and more possible? #TheScienceBehindIt Take the quiz!" It included emojis of a brain, bulging muscles, a professor and an athlete.



Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Fri Oct 4th, 2019 at 04:47:25 AM EST
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French conservatives protest bill allowing IVF for lesbians[?]
The measure is part of a broader bioethics, chile, draft law under debate at the National Assembly, where Macron's party has a majority.

France's health care system would cover the cost of the procedures for all women under 43.

It also would allow children conceived with donated sperm to find out the donor's identity upon demand when they reach age 18, a change from France's current strict donor anonymity protections.

The new bill doesn't cover surrogate pregnancies, which are banned in France.

See non-gendered trans faction on the sidelines.

archived miracles of birth
DICTION CORNER
gestational carrier

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Oct 6th, 2019 at 05:41:03 PM EST
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How does ART work in Europe
"assisted reproductive technology"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Mon Oct 28th, 2019 at 07:36:10 PM EST
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archived public property
whoa.
She Wanted To Be The Perfect Mom, Then Landed In A Psychiatric Unit
infanticide
"futile quest for a will-o'-the wisp"

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.

by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 09:19:53 PM EST
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Natural explanation will-o'-the-wisp

In modern times of robotic living, massive data collection, anxiety and stress, social media ... empathy for and understanding of mental disturbance has fallen far behind by light years. Living in medieval times and beliefs.

Perinatal Depression: A Review of U.S. Legislation and Law

Ronald Reagan and the Commitment of the Mentally Ill:
Capital, Interest Groups, and the Eclipse of Social Policy

    This paper provides an illustration of this co-optation by examining the policies regarding involuntary commitment of the mentally ill. The shifts in such policies were not the result of overt attempts at change, but rather part of an overall effort to realign the political economy to be more profitable for business. The overall result was that political discourse shifted from a focus on social policy to a focus on fiscal policy. As such, social programs that necessitated financial outlays on the part of the federal government were overlooked in favour of policies that seemed less costly.

    Still, the administration did not, and perhaps could not, act in isolation and without public support. But they didn't have to. By the middle of the 1970s, there was a consensus among interested groups that reform of the Mental Health Care System was necessary. Lobbying on the part of special interest groups and a commitment on the part of President Jimmy Carter led to passage of the Mental Health Systems Act.

    With the planned transfer of responsibility for the mentally ill to the states, reformers needed to build coalitions of fiscal conservatives concerned with the cost of social programs; "law and order" Republicans concerned with crime; and those who dealt with the mentally ill who, in the absence of more comprehensive reform, sought more limited alternatives (Becker, 1993). Within this context, statutes and procedures dealing with involuntary commitment of the mentally ill were attractive. Easing standards cost relatively little, allowed the Administration to claim action simultaneously on mental health care policy, crime, and homelessness, and appeased health care providers and families of the mentally ill.



Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.
by Oui on Mon Nov 4th, 2019 at 04:37:30 AM EST
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This argument neatly avoids stigmatizing dumping the mentally ill onto the streets.

"It is not necessary to have hope in order to persevere."
by ARGeezer (ARGeezer a in a circle eurotrib daught com) on Mon Nov 4th, 2019 at 04:30:55 PM EST
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BLOOMBERG | As birthrates fall, countries will be forced to adapt or fall behind, Macroeconomics, Polemical paradox: I'd ignore the bar graphs and hover the trend lines.

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Sun Nov 3rd, 2019 at 09:27:54 PM EST
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by generic on Wed Oct 9th, 2019 at 01:48:36 PM EST
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Ken Loach looks back over a half-century of mass communications and the people (journalists, TV and cinema gatekeepers) who work in them:

"People are aware of what the unspoken rules are," says Loach. Otherwise, "the airwaves would be full of outrage at poverty, homelessness, the grotesque inequality, the stupidity of privatisation, the collapse of the NHS. But they're not - because of that pressure."


Things are going to slide, slide in all directions
Won't be nothing, nothing you can measure anymore
L. Cohen
by john_evans (john(dot)evans(dot)et(at)gmail(dot)com) on Thu Oct 10th, 2019 at 07:27:27 AM EST
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Fundamental Christianity: End Time

Living in a cellar, a family of young adults who never attended school found in province of Drenthe ...

Six freed after years living in Dutch cellar 'waiting for end of time' | The Guardian |

A group described by local media as a man and his adult children have been found after spending several years living in the cellar of remote farmhouse in the north-eastern Dutch province of Drenthe "waiting for the end of time".

The group of six were discovered after the oldest son, 25, visited a local bar, the Kastelein cafe. On the first occasion, 10 days ago, he "ordered and drank five beers on his own", the owner, Chris Westerbeek, told broadcaster RTV Drenthe. When the man reappeared last Sunday, he "looked confused", Westerbeek said. "He was unkempt, with long tangled hair. We got talking. He said he had run away and needed help, and that he had never been to school. Then we called the police."

There was no indication of how long they had lived there or the whereabouts of their mother. The Algemeen Dagblad (AD) newspaper reported that police were considering the possibility that she may have died and been buried on the property.

The bar owner told the local Dagblad van het Noorden newspaper that the man had said he had younger brothers and sisters living in the cellar, they all "wanted to end the way they were living", and he had not been outside for nine years.

Drenthe police confirmed in a tweet that they had visited a house in the nearby village of Ruinerwold after "being alerted to concerns about the living conditions of a number of people living there in an enclosed space".

Six adults were removed and were being taken care of, police confirmed, while a 58-year-old odd-job man - Austrian citizen - who was renting the farmhouse was arrested after refusing to cooperate with their inquiry.

 

Protestantism End Times

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Horror in a cellar: woman tells of 24 years of imprisonment and rape by her father | The Guardian - April 2008 |

Global Warming - distance between America and Europe is steadily increasing.

by Oui on Tue Oct 15th, 2019 at 09:10:24 PM EST
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Modern Cities Breed Alienation. Insurgent Urbanists Are Pushing Back.
Recetas Urbanas is perhaps most highly acclaimed for the first method, "alegal" architecture. Cirugeda and the others masterfully exploit legal loopholes in order to develop subversive projects that are both functional and political. In 1997, Cirugeda graffitied a wall and sued himself in order to get a scaffolding permit on the street. With the permit, he built a shelter-structure that could house people without interference from the authorities for several months.
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