Thursday, September 03, 2020

Could Planet 9 be a primordial black hole?

 CRS report via LC – The Freedom of Information Act (FOIA): A Legal Overview, Updated August 24, 2020: “Originally enacted in 1966, the Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) establishes a three-part system that requires federal agencies to disclose a large swath of government information to the public. 

Robodebt and suicide

Department head stubbornly avoids answering questions on the role of Robodebt and the death of Australians and whether she apologised for those deaths. Continue reading 

Cat v panel heater: Which is better? OneRoof  News you can use!

For some Indonesians, COVID-19 stigma worse than disease Jakarta Post


 Why Steve Bannon faces fraud charges: 4 questions answered – Federal prosecutors in New York have arrested former senior Trump adviser Steve Bannon and three other men, and charged them with allegedly defrauding hundreds of thousands of donors to an online fundraising campaign to build portions of wall along the U.S. border with Mexico. Lloyd Hitoshi Mayer, a University of Notre Dame law professor who researches nonprofits, explains what’s going on and what the consequences could be.


 A 29-Year-Old’s Strange, Unforgettable Trip Into a Covid Coma and Back Washingtonian. Must read.

Once a COVID-19 epicenter, Arizona emerges from lockdown The Hill

Pope Francis: We need to get serious about climate change and unfair economic systems

Here in Australia, we need to make a bigger contribution to the fight, given our abundant resources and expertise.

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The tech that’s a stepping stone towards a “‘digital super-intelligent [cognitive] layer’ that enables humans to ‘merge’ with artificially intelligent software” — details on the latest brain-machine interface from Neuralink

The author of “An Unknown Woman”, a book sometimes described as “a feminist’s Walden”, has died — Alice Koller had PhD in philosophy from Harvard, “provided inspiration for so many,” yet struggled throughout her life

“To call education ‘job training’ is, quite simply, to call it ‘learning how to follow someone else’s orders'” — Zena Hitz (St. John’s College) on the “liberating power” of a liberal arts education

Free Hegel! — to celebrate the 250th anniversary of his birth, Cambridge University Press is making a lot of Hegel content open access & putting out new blogs & podcasts

Probability, Bayesianism, epistemology, explanation, and more — an interview with Darren Bradley (Leeds)

“Philosopher AI” uses GPT-3 to answer your questions — but not particularly well

Diversify your philosophy of art readings — a list of works from over 60 authors from racial & ethnic groups often marginalized in Western, Anglo-European philosophy, from Alex King (Simon Fraser)

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How Do Banks Create Money?

A short primer on banks from a Modern Monetary Theory perspective.


How to End America’s Loneliness Epidemic Blloomberg


Tiny Elephant Shrew Resurfaces After More Than 50 Years On Lost Species List NPR  Hah, it was “lost” in the other sense of the word….


Mantis Shrimp Have The Ocean’s Fastest Punch. Now We Know How Their Claws Survive Science Alert.  “More amazing stuff about the mantis shrimp: Mantis Shrimp Can See Cancer Before Symptoms Appear.”


Jordan Grider died while camping alone in the Boundary Waters. Was he devoured by wolves? Duluth News Tribune 


Could Planet 9 be a primordial black hole? PhysOrg 


Earth Appears to Be Travelling Through The Debris of Ancient Supernovae ScienceAlert 


A Tiny Space Rock Holds Clues About the Evolution of Life engadget


Paris: ‘World’s largest urban rooftop farm’ in progress – BBC.  “People in Cairo have done this for decades. We used to see livestock on roofs in the 80s………” Moi: “By contrast, a tourist attraction in the US.”


‘Black Suns’ at Louvre Lens: Coal mines transformed into gift shops PeoplesWorld

Children Raised In Greener Areas Have Higher IQ, Study Finds Guardian. So there was upside to growing up in small towns. Or not? The study was limited to “greener urban areas”.