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Shortly before bed last night I watched the Artemis mission launch (twitter.com)


11/16/2022 5:59 am | |
Tags: nasa, space, science

NPR is not having it (twitter.com)


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BREAKING: Donald Trump, who tried to overthrow the results of the 2020 presidential election and inspired a deadly riot at the Capitol in a desperate attempt to keep himself in power, has filed to run for president again in 2024.

11/16/2022 7:14 am | |
Tags: us politics, january 6th, donald trump

Jon Stewart on Colbert discussing Kanye, Kyrie, Chapelle, Antisemitism, Censorship and Comedy (youtube.com)


11/16/2022 9:42 am | |
Tags: jon stewart, dave chapelle, antisemitism, jewish people, comedy, censorship

50 Psychological & Psychiatric Terms to Avoid (frontiersin.org)

Not just a listicle, it's an academic article and provides explanation for each term on the list. They sort them into five groups: Inaccurate or Misleading, Frequently Misused, Ambiguous, Oxymorons, and Pleonasms.

This isn't a list of terms to avoid for social reasons, it's about real problems the authors of this paper have with usages of these terms in pschological and psychiatric studies and papers. Very interesting stuff.

For example, why they discourage the use of the term 'antidepressant medication' to refer to a wide range of medications, some of which are actually used for treating anxiety, etc.

(2) Antidepressant medication. Medications such as tricyclics, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors, and selective serotonin and norepinephrine reuptake inhibitors, are routinely called "antidepressants." Yet there is little evidence that these medications are more efficacious for treating (or preventing relapse for) mood disorders than for several other conditions, such as anxiety-related disorders (e.g., panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder; Donovan et al., 2010) or bulimia nervosa (Tortorella et al., 2014). Hence, their specificity to depression is doubtful, and their name derives more from historical precedence—the initial evidence for their efficacy stemmed from research on depression (France et al., 2007)—than from scientific evidence. Moreover, some authors argue that these medications are considerably less efficacious than commonly claimed, and are beneficial for only severe, but not mild or moderate, depression, rendering the label of "antidepressant" potentially misleading (Antonuccio and Healy, 2012; but see Kramer, 2011, for an alternative view).

11/16/2022 11:09 am | |
Tags: psychology, psychiatry, language, english

"Artemis I Sparks A New Space Age" (unionforward.substack.com)

Holden Culotta does a great write-up that goes over the history that brought us to last night's Artemis launch, from the last lunar mission, to the bureaucratic journey NASA has undergone.

Artemis I signals that the space program is beginning to find its footing in the 21st century with a clear plan and a successful launch.

The U.S. is now more serious about its journey beyond Earth than it has been in decades. Should that interest unlock new investments that allow the program to flourish, the country will benefit culturally and in terms of its own national interest.

A common perception among Gen Z Americans is that the U.S. has done little to cheer for in recent decades. However, a successful landing of the first woman and the first person of color on the Moon will redefine the nature of modern Americans' struggle with their national identity.

The Artemis program promises to reshape America's identity and culture in ways that cannot yet be specifically predicted. The cultural impact of landing Americans on the Moon who were never offered the opportunity during the Apollo era is not something that can be quantified. A daring and patriotic mission to the frontier of humanity's reach may serve to rekindle our ancestors' ideals of what their country meant to them.

For those dispirited by the culture war that dominates America's national identity today, Artemis I is a beacon of hope in our future.

11/16/2022 11:20 am | |
Tags: space, nasa, science

Schumer reportedly to name Sen. Patty Murray to President Pro Tempore, succeeding the retiring Leahy (thehill.com)

Senate Majority Leader Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) announced at the Senate Democratic lunch Wednesday that he will nominate Sen. Patty Murray (D-Wash.) next month to serve next year as Senate president pro tempore, a position that is third in line to the presidency.

Notably, this would make her the first woman to hold the role.

11/16/2022 1:22 pm | |
Tags: democrats, president, us politics

A discussion regarding Montessori education for kids (news.ycombinator.com)

Interesting to hear stories from personal experiences with Montessori schooling. I never had an opportunity to go to one, but I find the framework and concept fascinating.

11/16/2022 2:07 pm | |
Tags: education, montessori

Boardgames

11/16/2022 6:52 pm | |
Tags: boardgames, photo

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