Wednesday, 16 November 2016

Opinion Today

Opinion Today
Many of the things that keep our democracy healthy don’t appear in the Constitution or any federal law. President Obama made this point Monday when talking about an orderly transition from one presidency to the next:

“It’s not something that the Constitution explicitly requires but it is one of those norms that are vital to a functioning democracy, similar to norms of civility and tolerance and a commitment to reason and facts and analysis.”

The last few words of that sentence were the ones that caught my attention, and I started thinking about them again after reading an Op-Ed by Zeynep Tufekci.

Tufekci, a University of North Carolina professor, makes the case that Facebook is in denial about its role in spreading misinformation. During the presidential campaign, Facebook helped spread falsehoods — the Pope endorsed Trump! — to millions of people. Those falsehoods appeared in fake news articles, and Facebook did nothing to inform their users that the material in them was simply made up.

Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook’s chief executive, has said it’s “pretty crazy” to believe that fake news influences people in any significant way, but Tufekci persuasively lays out evidence to the contrary. Multiple studies have shown — and common sense backs up — that Facebook influences opinions and behavior.

“These are not easy problems to solve, but there is a lot Facebook could do,” Tufekci wrote. “When the company decided it wanted to reduce spam, it established a policy that limited its spread.” The step that Facebook announced Monday— refusing to display advertisements in fake stories — isn’t sufficient.

The media is in the midst of a historical transition right now. Some old news sources are shrinking or disappearing, and others — many of which rely on Facebook — are rising. There is nothing wrong with this change. Our country has survived the fading of news powerhouses, like the Saturday Evening Post, Life magazine and live radio broadcasts, before.

But whatever forms the new information sources take, they do need to provide “reason and facts,” neither of which is partisan. A healthy democracy depends on it. As Thomas Jefferson said, the people need “full information of their affairs.” Zuckerberg, by believing that Facebook is staying neutral, has in fact made a damaging choice.

The full Opinion report from The Times follows, including Geoff Dembicki on generational war and climate change.

David Leonhardt
Op-Ed Columnist
NY Times.

Saturday, 12 November 2016

Cessna 152 Multiple Spins Recovery (Full HD)

When it comes to spin recovery, this is how it's done.

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Wednesday, 9 November 2016

US election pollsters get predictions wrong by underestimating white turnout in rural areas | Daily Mail Online

US election pollsters get predictions wrong by underestimating white turnout in rural areas |
 Daily Mail Online
The ABC News/Washington Post poll showed Clinton with a four-point lead the day before America casts its ballots

How did the pollsters get it so wrong? They underestimated white turnout in rural areas and overestimated black and millennial voters
Until the eleventh hour predictions were that Hillary had an 85 percent chance of winning the election
Even Tuesday's exit poll had Clinton winning almost everywhere at 5 p.m.
Trump supporters claim the speculators got it wrong because of partisan bias after the Republican won a stunning victory
'People have been told that they have to be embarrassed to support Donald Trump, even in a telephone poll,' says consultant Frank McCarthy
Of all major national surveys, the LA Times and IBD/TIPP tracking polls were the only two to call a Trump victory
Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight - which correctly called the last two elections - forecast a 66 per cent likelihood that Clinton will take the White House
CBS, ABC/Washington Post, Bloomberg, Rasmussen, Monmouth University and NBC News/Survey Monkey all got it wrong

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Pundits and Pollsters — Wrong again!!!

The Trump Era Dawns -

The Trump Era Dawns -

Today, Nov. 9, is the 18th of Brumaire by the French Revolutionary calendar — the day in 1799 when Napoleon Bonaparte led a coup against the revolutionary government, established himself as First Consul, and set about redirecting world history as few men have done before or since.

Donald Trump is not Napoleon, but for those of us who have cast him as merely a comic-opera authoritarian, a parody of a world-historical figure, his very own 18th Brumaire is a time to reconsider. He has won a truly astonishing victory, and won it in spite of polls and experts and all the data nerds and get-out-the-vote consultants who labored tirelessly for Hillary Clinton … in spite of the opposition of the Republican Party’s past presidents and presidential nominees and most of conservatism’s intelligentsia … in spite of the media that had gleefully lifted him up in the G.O.P. primary and then believed (reasonably, but wrongly) that it had torn him down … and finally, in spite of his own acts of self-sabotage, which seemed egregious but turned out to be insufficient to keep him from his destiny.

So here he is, soon to be the most powerful man on the face of the earth, with no popular mandate but a Republican majority nonetheless awaiting his direction, a court of hacks and flatterers around him, a bureaucracy and deep state unsure how to respond to him, an unstable world regarding his ascent with apprehension (or, in Moscow and Beijing, satisfaction), and none of the preparation that even the most inexperienced of modern American presidents have brought to their lofty office.

What happens next promises (and threatens) to make history as nothing has in America — not even the trauma of Sept. 11 or the election of the first black president — since the Cold War ended almost 30 years ago, or since the social crises of the 1960s and 1970s further back than that.

On the global stage Trump’s populism and nationalism makes him very much a man of his times,...

Tuesday, 8 November 2016

Why It's So Hard To Start An $80,000 Aircraft Engine | Boldmethod

Why It's So Hard To Start An $80,000 Aircraft Engine | Boldmethod

Why is it so hard to get an airplane engine going? It's definitely not as simple as starting a car, that's for sure.

It's not always hard to start up a piston airplane, but it can be when the conditions are right. And those conditions are different for carbureted and fuel injected engines.

Carbureted Engines: Tough In The Cold

You've probably experienced this before: you hop into a carbureted aircraft on a cold day, prime then engine, and start cranking. And crank some more. And some more. And the engine still doesn't want to start for you.

For the majority of carbureted engines, cold starts are the most difficult. And it's because of the way a carbureted engine is primed.

When you prime a carbureted engine, fuel is sprayed into the intake manifold for one cylinder (sometimes more than one cylinder). Which is part of the problem...


Fuel Injected Engines: Tough In The Heat

Where carbureted engines fall short in the cold, fuel injected engines have their problems in the heat. And it's because of something called vapor lock.

Avgas is fairly volatile, which means when it's heated up, it changes from a liquid to a gas.

When that happens, the fuel pump isn't able to do its job (it's hard to pump vapor through a tube, and much easier to pump liquid through).


‘1 in 4 children’ victims of sexual violence in Africa

‘1 in 4 children’ victims of sexual violence in Africa

By Addis Getachew


‘1 in 4 children’ victims of sexual violence in AfricaOne in four children in many countries in Africa experience sexual violence, a document presented at the "International Policy Conference on the African Child" in the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa said Monday.

The two-day conference on the premises of the UN Economic Commission for Africa brought together policy makers, academics, civil society organizations and nongovernmental organizations.

According to the conference booklet titled “Crimes and Extreme Violence against Children in Africa: A Glimpse Into Our Hidden Shame,” too many children in Africa face violence, often fatal, while the problem remained largely hidden from public attention.

“In many countries in Africa, one in four children, experience sexual violence,” it said.

Children accused of witchcraft were being subjected to exorcism and other so-called purification rituals that involve the deadly use of force or the forced ingestion of toxic substances.

Infanticide was also rife in many places in Africa. “In South Africa, out of 100,000 live births, 27.7 children under one year are victims of infanticide,” it said.

Albino children were being killed in what the document described as “medicine murder” -- a practice involving the killing children born without color pigmentation for their body parts to be used as “magical medicine”.

Graca Machel, chair of the conference organizer African Child Policy Forum’s board of trustees and widow of the late Nelson Mandela, said: “Our agenda cannot be more critical.

“Children are the future of our continent. And the future will judge us as much by our treatment of the vulnerable as by our development.”

The forum's Executive Director, Theophane Nikyema, said: "We hope that this report would trigger public anger and contribute to an Africa-wide dialogue and engagement to bring this shameful practice to a quick end."

Syrian families take court action in Ireland | Irish Examiner

Syrian families take court action in Ireland | Irish Examiner

Members of two Syrian families detained in Greece after fleeing the besieged city of Aleppo have taken an unprecedented action in the Irish courts against the European Council, EU, and Ireland over alleged breach of their human rights.

The core claim of the families is that the EU-Turkey deal on migration, agreed on March 18 by the European Council (EC) — the 28 EU heads of state, including Taoiseach Enda Kenny — was made outside the powers of the EC and breaches EU law. The deal allowed Greece return to Turkey “all new irregular migrants” arriving there since March 20.

That deal, and Ireland’s sanctioning of it, is incompatible with Ireland’s obligations under the European Convention on Human Rights and breaches various EU treaties, including the Treaty on the Functioning of the EU and the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the EU, they claim.

The plaintiffs are a married couple, Mr and Mrs D, their two daughters, aged 10 and 15 (a son is in Germany), and Mr S and his 13-year-old daughter (whose wife and other child are in Germany)...

Tuesday, 1 November 2016

Sunshine and proposals at finishing line on record day -

Sunshine and proposals at finishing line on record day -

Runners start the Dublin City Marathon as a record number took part in the race this year. Photo: Damien EagersUnder glorious blue skies, 19,500 runners took advantage of Ireland's Indian summer yesterday to compete in the Dublin City Marathon.

Now the fourth largest marathon in Europe, a record number of runners wound their way through the capital, with approximately 17,000 crossing the finishing line at Merrion Square.

Exhausted runners were given a hero's welcome by family, friends and supporters at the finish line and were presented with a special medal commemorating the centenary of the 1916 Rising and the 37th annual run.

Among the competitors, aged between 18 and 86, it was a triumvirate of Ethiopians who crossed the finish line in record time.

Read more: Up to 17,000 turn out for Dublin marathon spectacular

Watch: See any familiar faces? Thousands hit capital for Dublin City Marathon
Sergiu Ciobhanu toasts his win with son Matthew. Photo: Damien Eagers
Laura Graham after winning the Irish women’s title. Photo by Stephen McCarthy/Sportsfile
Peter Joseph Singhatey, from Dublin, gets some help at the end. Photos: Damien Eagers

Tuesday, 4 October 2016

Smartphone use can hinder children’s reading skills

The authors of the study of 8,000 children say long periods of unsupervised time using the internet, watching TV or playing computer games have a negative impact on students.
Children who have smartphones and spend long periods of time playing computer games are performing relatively poorly in reading and maths, new research shows.

The findings are contained in a study of 8,000 children in 150 primary schools across Ireland which assessed students’ reading and maths performance.

Overall, the study found that parents have a major impact on their children’s performance, with pupils performing better in homes where there are rules over completing homework.

Access to technology is not necessarily a negative factor. For example, children who have access to broadband and educational games perform better than those who do not...

Monday, 12 September 2016

Alicia Keys Quits Wearing Makeup, “I Don’t Wan’t To Cover Up Anymore”

Alicia Keys Quits Wearing Makeup, “I Don’t Wan’t To Cover Up Anymore”

"It's great to not wear makeup, but it's great to wear makeup too, if it makes you happy. If you like how you look with a full face, contour and some serious lashes, you do that, and SLAY. But if you like yourself bare-faced, go forth and slay like that too. You do you.

Alicia finished by saying, 'I don't want to cover up anymore. Not my face, not my mind, not my soul, not my thoughts, not my dreams, not my struggles, not my emotional growth. Nothing.'..."

Thursday, 1 September 2016

How Russia Often Benefits When Julian Assange Reveals the West’s Secrets - The New York Times

How Russia Often Benefits When Julian Assange Reveals the West’s Secrets - The New York Times

Julian Assange was in classic didactic form, holding forth on the topic that consumes him — the perfidy of big government and especially of the United States.

Mr. Assange, the editor of WikiLeaks, rose to global fame in 2010 for releasing huge caches of highly classified American government communications that exposed the underbelly of its wars in Afghanistan and Iraq and its sometimes cynical diplomatic maneuvering around the world. But in a televised interview last September, it was clear that he still had plenty to say about “The World According to US Empire,” the subtitle of his latest book, “The WikiLeaks Files.”

From the cramped confines of the Ecuadorean Embassy in London, where he was granted asylum four years ago amid a legal imbroglio, Mr. Assange proffered a vision of America as superbully: a nation that has achieved imperial power by proclaiming allegiance to principles of human rights while deploying its military-intelligence apparatus in “pincer” formation to “push” countries into doing its bidding, and punishing people like him who dare to speak the truth.

Notably absent from Mr. Assange’s analysis, however, was criticism of another world power, Russia, or its president, Vladimir V. Putin...