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by Bernard on Sun May 2nd, 2021 at 08:04:55 PM EST
In the French language, steps forward and back for women
Warning that the well-being of France and its future are at stake, the government banned the use in schools of a method increasingly used by some French speakers to make the language more inclusive by feminizing some words.

Specifically, the education minister's decree targets what is arguably the most contested and politicized letter in the French language -- "e." Simply put, "e" is the language's feminine letter, used in feminine nouns and their adjectives and, sometimes, when conjugating verbs.

But proponents of women's rights are also increasingly adding "e" to words that normally wouldn't have included that letter, in a conscious -- and divisive -- effort to make women more visible.

< wipes tears >
by Cat on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 06:43:36 PM EST
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Blanquer, our Minister of Education, is a pathetic joke. Oh, and also an insecure white male (but you knew that).
by Bernard on Sat May 8th, 2021 at 08:07:52 PM EST
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by Cat on Mon May 10th, 2021 at 10:25:09 PM EST
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by Bernard on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 08:47:17 PM EST
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< wipes tears >

Diversity is the key to economic and political evolution.
by Cat on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 08:56:36 PM EST
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Guardian
The Wall Street Journal reported that in 2019 Melinda, 56, hired a team of lawyers from several high profile law firms to discuss a possible divorce. The Journal said several of its sources had said Melinda was concerned about her husband's business dealings with Epstein, who killed himself in jail in 2019 while awaiting trial on federal charges related to sex trafficking.
"Business dealings". I supposed Bill just helped Epstein install Windows on his PC.
Melinda is said to have expressed unease at Bill's relationship with Epstein since at least 2013. Her meeting with divorce lawyers in October 2019 is said to have taken place at roughly the same time as a New York Times article detailed Bill's meetings with Epstein, which included an overnight stay at Epstein's New York mansion.
"Overnight"? It  does sometimes take some time to install Windows.

I assume that she is getting a good settlement, to avoid the need to discuss in court his difficulties in installing Windows on a PC.

by gk (gk (gk quattro due due sette @gmail.com)) on Tue May 11th, 2021 at 07:18:00 PM EST
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by Cat on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 02:55:51 AM EST
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I would be pretty content with 1%
by asdf on Tue May 18th, 2021 at 03:57:09 PM EST
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This is the kind of thing that happens when people elect an ignorant hick bigot to lead the country.

Coronavirus variants are spreading in India -- what scientists know so far

Evidence is growing that one variant first detected in India might be more transmissible and slightly better at evading immunity than existing variants. Animal models also hint that it might be able to cause more severe disease. Researchers want to know if this variant and others might be driving the second wave and what kind of danger they pose globally.

In just a few weeks, the B.1.617 variant has become the dominant strain across India and has spread to about 40 nations, including the United Kingdom, Fiji and Singapore.



She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sun May 16th, 2021 at 03:53:03 PM EST
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See also, Brazil (Federative Republic of) and, until a few months ago, America (United States of).
by Bernard on Sun May 16th, 2021 at 06:51:42 PM EST
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Yesterday at the ACS Data Users Conference, the Census Bureau described its plans to replace the American Community Survey (ACS) microdata with "fully synthetic" data over the next three years. Details of the methodology have not been disclosed, but the idea is to develop models describing the interrelationships of all the variables in the ACS, and then construct a simulated population consistent with those models. ...
by Cat on Fri May 21st, 2021 at 06:57:05 PM EST
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On the fact of it: a really stupid decision


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre
by ATinNM on Sat May 22nd, 2021 at 05:05:43 PM EST
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"face"

sigh


She believed in nothing; only her skepticism kept her from being an atheist. -- Jean-Paul Sartre

by ATinNM on Sat May 22nd, 2021 at 08:45:04 PM EST
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APsplainin ye olde transformations of teh data
Conservatives aim at Census' method for uncounted households
When U.S. Census Bureau workers couldn't find out any information about some households after repeatedly mailing them questionnaire reminders and sending census takers to knock on their doors, the statisticians turned to an OBSCURE [?!], last-resort [?!] statistical technique known as "imputation."

Imputation involves using information about neighbors with similar characteristics to fill in [BWAH!] head counts or demographic characteristics for households lacking data.

confidence interval
The Census Bureau has been using the technique on households since the 1960 census, and it was challenged and upheld in courts after censuses in 1980 and 2000. The Supreme Court has ruled that the Census Bureau can't use sampling -- a method of using a subset of people to estimate characteristics of the whole population -- but the justices have said that imputation is different from sampling.
by Cat on Sun May 30th, 2021 at 11:00:48 PM EST
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In other words,
whereas Mideast locales rate individual country labels, Africa is only referred to as a continental monolith - and, by imputation, only as adjunct to, or setting for, a presumed Islamist threat.
by Cat on Mon May 31st, 2021 at 02:28:50 AM EST
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by Cat on Fri May 28th, 2021 at 03:26:23 PM EST
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by Cat on Sat May 29th, 2021 at 10:57:19 PM EST
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