The Guardian: What’s genius for Obama is scandal for Trump

This isn’t particularly shocking. In 2012, The Guardian reported that President Obama’s reelection team was “building a vast digital data operation that for the first time combines a unified database on millions of Americans with the power of Facebook to target individual voters to a degree never achieved before.”

What, exactly, would Obama be doing? According to The Guardian, Obama’s new database would be gathered by asking individual volunteers to log into Obama’s reelection site using their Facebook credentials. “Consciously or otherwise,” The Guardian states, “the individual volunteer will be injecting all the information they store publicly on their Facebook page — home location, date of birth, interests and, crucially, network of friends — directly into the central Obama database.”
Facebook had no problem with such activity then. They do now. There’s a reason for that. The former Obama director of integration and media analytics stated that, during the 2012 campaign, Facebook allowed the Obama team to “suck out the whole social graph”; Facebook “was surprised we were able to suck out the whole social graph, but they didn’t stop us once they realized that was what we were doing.” She added, “They came to [the] office in the days following election recruiting & were very candid that they allowed us to do things they wouldn’t have allowed someone else to do because they were on our side.”

Not so with Trump. As soon as Facebook realized that Cambridge Analytica had pursued a similar strategy, they suspended the firm.

via What’s genius for Obama is scandal when it comes to Trump | TheHill

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William Shatner Blasts Facebook for Posting Fake News of His Death on Eve of His 87th Birthday | FB 1st in Fake News

williamshatnerssWednesday, on the eve of his 87th birthday, iconic “Star Trek” actor William Shatner received a stunning Tweet from a fan:

“@WilliamShatner I thought you might want to know you’re dead.”
The tweet contained a picture of a Facebook ad for a story announcing that he had been found dead.

Unfazed, but upset, Shatner fired off a fiery Tweet to Twitter:

“Hey @facebook isn’t this your messenger app? What’s up with you allowing this Acocet Retail Sales ad to pass your muster? Thought you were doing something about this?”

via William Shatner Blasts Facebook for Posting Fake News of His Death on Eve of His 87th Birthday

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Why Earth’s History Appears So Miraculous

It was natural to think that the bombers needed more armor where (it appeared) they were taking the most bullets. But the Hungarian-born mathematician Abraham Wald, and his colleagues at the Statistical Research Group at Columbia University, had a novel, if counterintuitive, prescription. Don’t protect the planes where they were taking the most damage, Wald said. Armor the planes where there were no bullet holes at all.

“You put armor where there are no holes, because the planes that got shot there didn’t return to the home base,” says Anders Sandberg, a senior research fellow at University of Oxford’s Future of Humanity Institute. “They crashed.”

The holes didn’t show where returning planes were likely to get hit, but only what it was possible for later observers to see. This is known as an observer selection effect, and the same sort of bias might apply not only to perforated planes, but to whole worlds as well.

What if, when we looked at our own planet’s past, we saw a similar pattern? After all, there are 100-mile impact craters on our planet’s surface from the past billion years, but no 600-mile craters.

via Why Earth’s History Appears So Miraculous – The Atlantic

Long article that is full of what ifs. Not too interesting, but the plane anecdote   is informative.

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Platypus Milk: A New Solution Against Antibiotic Resistance


Due to its unique features – duck-billed, egg-laying, beaver-tailed and venomous- the platypus has long exerted a powerful appeal to scientists, making it an important subject in the study of evolutionary biology.

In 2010 scientists discovered that platypus milk contained unique antibacterial properties that could be used to fight superbugs. The Platypus is one of a small group of mammals that lay eggs and produce milk to feed their young.

Now a team of researchers at CSIRO working with Deakin University have solved a puzzle that helps explain why platypus milk is so potent – bringing it one step closer to being used to save lives.

via Platypus Milk: A New Solution against Antibiotic Resistance | Principia Scientific International

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How to Fall Asleep in 2 Minutes or Less

fall-asleep-headerA couple years into WWII, the U.S. military realized it had a problem on its hands. Due to the enormous pressures of aerial combat, many of its pilots were accumulating levels of stress so debilitating that they were cracking under it. The tension caused them to lock up in flight and make fatal mistakes — accidentally shooting down friendly planes, or becoming an avoidable casualty themselves.

In an effort to stem the loss of pilots and planes, the military brought in Naval Ensign Bud Winter to research, develop, and test a scientific method for teaching relaxation.

via How to Fall Asleep Fast – In Less Than 2 Minutes | The Art of Manliness

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CNN Canceled Interview of Pro-Second Amendment Parkland Survivor | CNN’s Brooke Baldwin Is Afraid of a 17 year Old Student

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Parkland shooting survivor Kyle Kashuv claimed Wednesday that CNN “canceled my interview with them” after he retweeted an article from The Daily Wire calling CNN host Brooke Baldwin a “fake news hypocrite” in its headline.

After expelled student Nikolas Cruz killed 17 people at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, on February 14, mainstream media outlets elevated the voices of many of the pro-gun control survivors, such as David Hogg and Emma González. But Kashuv, an ardent supporter of the Second Amendment, had been noticeably scarce on several of the major networks. The exception was Fox News, which interviewed him multiple times.

“Can’t wait to be on Brooke’s show tomorrow!” Kashuv wrote Tuesday evening when he retweeted Daily Wire reporter Ryan Saavedra’s tweet of his own article. The article quoted sports writer Clay Travis as saying, “‘Fake News Hypocrite’ Brooke Baldwin Asks Porn Star for Explicit Details About What Trump Allegedly Wanted from Her.”

via Pro-Second Amendment Parkland Survivor Says CNN Canceled Interview

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Percentage of U.S. Crime Victimization is Lowest in 17 Years | Headlines Exaggerate/Exploit Crime

( — A Gallup poll shows that the percentage of U.S. crime victimization is the lowest it has been since 2001, some 17 years ago.

Gallup defines “crime victimization” as the “percentage of Americans reporting at least one crime committed against them or their household in the past year.” The crimes in question include vandalism, car theft, property/money theft, burglary, mugging/physical assault, sexual assault and robbery by force.

“Twenty-two 22% percent of Americans say a conventional crime was committed against their household in the previous 12 months, the lowest proportion since 2001,” said Gallup. “Over the past decade, the percentage reporting their household was victimized by any of seven different crimes averaged 26% and never dropped below 24%.

During President Obama’s two terms, the data show that the U.S. crime victimization rate ran between 26% and 29%”

via Survey: Percentage of U.S. Crime Victimization is Lowest in 17 Years

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