Monday assorted links

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1. Indeed. I haven't the slightest idea what half of those emojis are supposed to mean.

@mims reported a study that emojis make communication easier, and so without reading I ❤️ it.

https://twitter.com/mims/status/1152928428632547329?s=19

If you want to do the 🏋️

😠👿

😂

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5. Does SFA State University allow therapy dogs on campus? If they don't, the aggrieved may have a claim for damages: https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2019/05/21/colleges-see-rise-popularity-emotional-support-animals So dogs are not only allowed but have the legal right to be on campus, but children can be banned with impunity. It's a dog's world. That's what my dog says.

Homo sapiens is part of the animal kingdom. Claim a child as your support animal.

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So Tucker Carlson is wrong: it's not big business that is opposed to families; it's higher ed!

Distinction without a difference; higher ed is very big business.

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In my experience, in a female-dominated [which they usually are] public-sector office, policy grows more elaborate and specific over time, and is typically the result of an exasperated, sometimes vindictive, response to the exceptions, the incidents, versus the longer pattern. The employee code of conduct at a place I worked - it was by no means a loony place - addressed both large issues like not sexually harassing one another, to small, like not alluding to other people's clothes (we don't see color, we don't see ... clothes?) and the microwaving of fish in the breakroom - and I have no doubt some intra-office drama is at the back of this kerfuffle. If I had to guess, mom was sometimes not present, maybe out in the field, and her co-workers felt "put-upon" and it would make no difference even if the child was little trouble. (Women are hyper-alert to what is and isn't "their job," within a job.) But one of the Tribune commenters notes a double standard: while faculty might have their kids hanging about, playing on the computer or helping out, or reading Harry Potter or whatever, staff in other roles - custodial, security, etc. - who presumably earn no more? - probably do not share that luxury due to the nature of their work.

That's right -- the female-centric bureaucracy I part-time with functions very well but feels it has to meet every weird one-off situation with a tiresome new rule, new form and new training module.

Microwaving fish in the break room should be a capital offense.

Opening a container of kimchee inside any building should get you 5-10 in the big house.

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"5. Should children be restricted on campus?"

That's a typical corporate / university policy. So, some people complained because some kids were unruly. When the school confronted the parents they claimed there wasn't any rule against it.

At that point someone in management should have told them their job depended on them not being abusive to their fellow employees. But nope, instead HR crafted a new policy which of course had negative side effects.

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#5 Campus is for studying, teaching and researching, not for children.

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"6. Legal marijuana is helping the black market."

Of course. The cops aren't going to go out of their way to crack down on the vendor breaking the rules across the street from the guy who is not.

"That's a code enforcement issue. Call the county! Oh wait did you say they are too busy fining the kid running an unlicensed lemonade stand. Oh well, welcome to 21st century America."

Actually I wouldn't say "helping" as much as "not hurting" given the exorbitant taxes. I believe that excise tax is the only one that can be deducted if the patient purchases a card from the state. Here's some stuff to read:
https://taxfoundation.org/2019-recreational-marijuana-taxes/

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Also, plausible deniability re possession/use of black market weed ("Sorry officer, I lost my receipt"). c.f., cartels apparent siting of warehouse facilities in Colorado.

Yes and a way for local and state governments to collect money under the guise of a legitimate harm-reduction approach.

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The judges become judges of quality and service. The black market is better, cheaper and better service. As customers they let the market decide.

I worked with a fellow who was brought up on charges of cultivation. He got before the judge who was one of his customers. He got a ridiculously small fine.

"community building"

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# 4. The Notre Dame fire revives the demand for skilled stone carvers.

" the professional license in stone carving for historic monuments"

... French Government licensing of such stone-carvers surely reduces the available labor supply of them

you would think a substantial degree of automation would have reached the commercial stone masonry industry by now

Notre Dame burned because of abysmal construction management and gross disregard for well established fire safety procedures in such building renovation projects -- it's doubtful they are any better at managing big stone carving projects

It's been my experience that the French have more rules than American's but they don't follow them nearly as closely. I was surprised at how many hours all the engineers/technicians worked on the project. They were pulling 70's. But there was some deal, where they didn't record them and they got off the books comp time or some such.

Granted, this is very anecdotal. So it could have been purely an edge case.

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"you would think a substantial degree of automation would have reached the commercial stone masonry industry by now" indeed it has in some cases, the current construction of the Sagrada Familia for one, but there are scads of innovative technologies around masonry that just don't seem to get adopted. My guess is that it still takes longer than other methods and aesthetics is not a major concern so other methods are preferred.

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2. If there is no word for it, there can be no idea. Ask any respectable democrat or Berkley-ite.

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1) Maybe I don't want people to read my emotions

"There's no art to find the mind's construction in the face."

Nailed it! But don't tell that to these researchers. And they do not want to see the expressions of readers trying to slog through this paper.

Reading the face of your dog or your infant is vital because they can't communicate in words. Likewise it might help to read a prospective jury pool or a potential sex partner. But most adults will reveal their true preferences bloody soon enough without you having to obsess over their left eyebrow.

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remember all the elaborate narratives the media confidently confabulated on that kids face while he was on the d.c. mall?
big lawsuit!

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I would have thought for evolutionary purposes, people would have skills to hide their emotions from other people.

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6. Better headline: "How Heavy Regulation of 'Legal' Marijuana Is Helping the Black Market"

"heavy regulation of legal marijuana"
wouldn' t explain the increased the black market exporting from
oregon to other states

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4. The Notre Dame fire revives the demand for skilled stone carvers.
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Stone age culture still lives, it got assimilated.

Gold jewelry is ~6000 years old. The oldest jewels are literally from the Stone Age, we still like them ;)

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Lisa Barrett would make a great guest for Conversations with Tyler!

Yes, she would.

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4. Who is to blame and how the fire started have not yet been determined and are at the heart of an investigation by the French authorities that will continue for months.

The interesting thing about the Notre Dame fire is that it increased the demand for skilled stone carvers.

We are never going to know because there was no Panopticon Device there that afternoon when the fire started, but the following are facts

(a) the construction crew included people who hate Christianity, it is illegal in France to prohibit people who hate Jesus with a passion from working on construction crews in Christian churches

(b) just as happened at Chernobyl, second-rate people lied about their ability to make protocols and the protocols the clownishly incompetent fire alarm people who the State of France hired to protect the world's greatest architectural treasure were charlatans, idiots, with no idea of what they were doing when they designed the fire alarm information system

(c) anyone who has lived in France knows that France is afflicted with the phenomenon of people who just do not care about anyone but themselves - I have been in many countries with their faults (the Soviet Union -cowardly liars, Saudi Arabia - spoiled cold little men, Canada - people who are .... well, I could go on) and it is possible the fire started by some dull-witted and boring Frenchman who just DID NOT CARE if his cigarette might or might not start a fire - the little man just DID NOT CARE and HE WILL NEVER CARE HE DOES NOT EVEN REMEMBER THAT HE WAS THE GUY WHO FLICKED THE STILL BURNING STUB OF HIS GITANE OR HIS CAPORAL onto the helpless forest ----and God will forgive him if he asks for forgiveness

(d) a false flag by people who want France to wake up and be what it should be and who risked their greatest treasure to do so

(e) everyone knows that France is full of people who have their jobs not because they are good at what they do but because they have connections and some person who was not good at designing elevators messed up and his or her elevator sparked and then the tragedy happened

THAT WAS NOT THIER CATHEDRAL TO MESS WITH IT WAS OURS

Oh well, God saved the Rosette windows because of the bravery of many French pompeurs and because people like me PRAYED THAT THE BUILDING WOULD BE SAVED

Let us pray, my friends, with similar fervor, for the souls of all the mediocre people we see every day - just kidding, you will never see a mediocre person, we are all children of God

you will see, however, every day, people who do not know what you and I know

GOD loves us

Pray for people who do not know that

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Feliz Lunes

(not a huge fan of Google but if you type Feliz Lunes into Google Search, Images, you will get quite a nice caravanserai of various images of hope --

Esperanza -- a good thing)

Fidelitas, Esperanza y Amor

and the greatest of these is not esperanza, but still, it (esperanza) is pretty great

Cheer up I am not schizophrenic or otherwise impaired

I speak with authority

God loves you and Notre Dame still stands because people like me prayed for that outcome while nobody knew what the outcome would be

and because dozens of brave people fought evil

and won

I too in my time have done that

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If you seriously think I do not speak with authority feel free to explain why

I am no subscriber to any present, past, or future Panopticon but I understand this world and I know this

God loves you the way you are but loves you too much to stay that way
Proverbs 8
John 3:16
I remember

When I first heard about the fire - about two or three hours after it started (it was still full daylight in my hemisphere) I got in my car and drove to a place where there was a statue of Mary, surrounded by roses and other garden plants, near a church that housed the blessed sacrament, and I got on my knees and prayed

AND GOD LISTENED TO MY PRAYERS

I mean I have prayed for people I care about to have healing in their soul and have been rewarded with the knowledge that they were healed

and I mean I have prayed for people I care about to have healing of their body and I have been rewarded with the knowledge that they were healed

BUT ONLY ONCE IN MY LIFE DID I PRAY LIKE THAT FOR A BUILDING

and the building still stands

Thanks for having the patience to read these too-long comments -
actually - if they had an edit function here I would use it - I do not speak with authority at all, that was an obscure riff from an obscure novel (by Bernanos, for the record)-
if you are interested in the power of prayer, even if you have atheist convictions, the Gospels of Luke and John are a good place to start, or try a Biblically sound sermon or essay.
Have a nice day!

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#3 is an example of wagon circling.

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"She wound up leaving her position as an assistant forestry professor and moved to North Carolina with her family in June, citing the proposed policy as one factor."

Twenty-three years ago, I moved from Baltimore to Los Angeles. A month before that Bell Atlantic started 10-digit dialing in Baltimore to accommodate an area code overlay, so when I called the phone company to end service and was asked why, I said it was because I didn't like being required to punch in 10 digits to make a local call. You have to use your serendipitous opportunities to simulate a forceful reaction to whatever policies irritate you.

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3. Hmmm. Economists, especially of the Libertarian ilk like Tyler, have a pretense that they aren’t concerned with ideology, just the data. This result would suggest there’s more virtue signaling going on than expected. Would anyone be surprised if there was a Nobel in Sociology (perish the thought) that we would see the same effect? Economist like to think that because there field of study concerns something “real” (money) that it’s as objective as the physical sciences. I’m starting to suspect that economics is a lot more like Sociology than TC would care to admit.

"if there was a Nobel in Sociology (perish the thought)": there isn't a Nobel in Economics, you know. It's counterfeit.

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#1.."It is quite hard to infer emotions from faces."
It can't be that hard or no one would ever know what another person thinks. It's like saying you can't infer sexual attraction from a boner. Not always, but it's a damned good indicator.

Read the article.

I did. Towards the end, they mention context dependent. I would add person dependent. Some things can't be measured but can be understood. The driverless car problem is trying to deal with this issue and finding it quite problematic. But, honestly there are so many references in the article that my interest doesn't extend to, and my comment was meant to be an amusing riposte to the sentence I quoted, and so it was fair to call me on it.

I wasn't trying to be mean. It's a psych review article. The references are a big part of the review. Most people who are interested enough in this topic to read the entire article will be familiar with the references already.
This topic has real world significance. Someone downstairs gets slasher rape-murdered. You are there when the police arrive (maybe because you called them!). You don't show the emotions the Lt. Callahan or the prosecutor, jury, or media thinks you should show if you were innocent, therefore you spend years in cells, courtrooms, prison, lots of money down the drain, etc. Because you didn't cry enough or something.

I(t's a potentially fascinating topic but this paper sadly was less than fascinating. I read the whole thing only to find that the exciting conclusion was ... more research is needed!

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3. It's a small world. Or a small network. I'm genuinely curious, does it work like that in physics, medicine, and chemistry also?

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#5: there's overcapacity in universities, one going down the drain is not bad at all.

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6 how come Mass dispensaries r cash only ?

Because banks are federally regulated, and cannabis is federally illegal.

Seems like there should be a workaround e.g., combined alcohol, tobacco, and weed shops that don't report each customer's exact selections to the banks.

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