Why some people may ghost you - fear of being flamed unpredictably.

I’ve been reading Medium posts mostly by women complaining about men who ghost or who “just let the conversation slide” or “don’t have the decency to …” etc. This is just to point out that contrary to what you might think on the basis of relationship blogs mostly written by cis het white women, dating bad behavior isn’t exclusively the province of men.

E: Hi it's Eve. I dont suppose you would like to join me at the deYoung on wed morning? I have two tix to frida…

Also called Instant Run-off Voting (IRV). Note that SVDSA uses a variant: SCottish single Transferable Vote (SCTV).

Problems With Existing Plurality Voting

We aren’t talking about the system of representation (parliamentary or presidential, bicameral or not, electoral college, number of parties …), just about the method of electing representatives.

Both the US and India (one of them is the world’s largest democracy) have “first past the post” voting — of all the candidates, the candidate who gets the most votes (a plurality) wins, even if that is a minority of the total votes cast.

The US has a plurality-based voting method which lazy political analysts…

How do we get herd immunity from racism?

@MarleyK https://medium.com/afrosapiophile/why-we-need-contact-tracing-for-all-racists-8526a537a77

Love the idea and love the article! People get it immediately when I tell them the title and I hope some come here to read it.

However, it has been on my (re-)reading list for some months because something felt incomplete and I haven't been able to pin down what.

Until today. The Root published an article titled "Racism is a pandemic" and something clicked. Let me see if I an articulate it. As I understand the main points of your article, we need contact tracing for racists for abstract…


Dear GFG,

I understand the intent is to be supportive to women who code.

But seriously, this is the kind of the thing that deservedly gives Indian men the reputation of being clueless when it comes to social, racial and gender issues.

1. If you are going to support women, why do it only on “Women’s Day”? What happens the other 364 days of the year?

2. Also, it is Women’s History Month, and since the first coder was actually a woman, you could get around to recognizing that in some way.

3. It is anti-feminist to use different, gendered…

Bias towards what we think is “truth” blinds us to fallacious arguments, not just to evidence that contradicts our beliefs.

Usually confirmation bias is associated with selecting factual evidence that confirms our pre-existing beliefs and rejecting evidence that contradicts them. However, there is another kind of confirmation bias, which I think is both more subtle and more dangerous than bias in selecting evidence. This is a confirmation bias towards fallacious arguments.

The danger lies not just in coming to the wrong conclusion in that one instance. The deeper danger is the following: Even if the conclusion in this one instance is true, we ourselves may repeat the fallacious argument in a different context and conclude something untrue. In general, it…

I listened to this (Jan 11th 2020) morning’s “Forum” on KQED. Not the useless Michael Krasny’s part (he’s set to retire on Feb 12th, good riddance. He has shown his colors as an enabler or apologist at best of racist cops with his bleating softball question about “cops and the communities they serve” in the wake of the shooting of Michael Brown in Ferguson MO in 2014) but the part hosted by the much more incisive Mina Kim.

There was a lot of talk about the “intelligence failure” at the Capitol overthrow/kidnapping/assassination attempt on Wednesday jan 6th.

This brought up…

“Police helplessness in the face of heavily armed Antifa who took over the Capitol on December 6th is evidence we need more funding for more weapons and personnel. We were unable to predict the scale of this protest because we saw nothing, nothing about it at all on The FaceBook or The Twitter feeds of all the socialistic, communist, radical left wing BLM domestic terrorists we monitor, we need more funding for domestic counter-terrorism to infiltrate and disrupt BLM, DSA, AOC, the Greens and the Vegans. …

Youtube Physics video by Veritaslum

Nobody changes their minds about anything, ever.

This is a simple experiment about people’s beliefs about falling balls. Nobody is saying anything physicsy about “freefall”, “under the earth’s gravitational field”. The experimenter holds up two identically sized balls, one is a relatively light red basket ball and the other is a heavier black medicine ball. All he does is ask people, if the two balls are dropped simultaneously from the same height, which one will hit the ground first.

What do you think will happen?

Universally, everybody is very certain the black one will hit first. In some cases, even after the demonstrator tries to instill some…

From The Washington Post story

“Under this Administration, the ISIS caliphate was destroyed, American hostages were returned home, NATO is stronger than ever, we’ve brokered historic Middle East peace deals, and I was on the ground in Kabul for the announcement of a historic peace deal between the Afghan Government and the Taliban aimed at ending America’s longest war,” (Alyssa) Farah wrote. “…a safe and effective COVID-19 vaccine in record time that will save countless thousands of lives…”

Alyssa Farah does the Trump Administration and herself a great disservice. She forgot to mention that the Trump Administration discovered and distributed the polio vaccine, won WorldWar…

“way more” or not “way more”? That is the question.


If you’ve read anything I’ve written in Towards Data Science, you’ll know that taking differences and ratios of probabilities is utter nonsense.

Of course, nothing prevents you from rebutting the argument in the second comment in the above image by saying, “33% vs. 20% is a 65% increase because 65% = (33–20)/20! That is yuuuge!”

Nothing prevents you from saying that you can multiply two complex numbers (in their tuple representation) by

(a,b) * (c,d) = (a*c, b*d).

You could, but you would never do that, would you?

For the…

Ranjeet Tate

I stop to miau to cats.

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