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    Quote Originally Posted by KenOC View Post
    In the US, a relatively recent Orwellianism liberals use when they speak of people living in run-down crime-infested areas is "underserved."
    Not recent over here, Ken. It means 'inadequately provided for' and can refer to any area or group without many amenities or even essentials such as schools, shops, housing and particularly public transport.

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    Not my circus, not my monkeys

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    - Polyamorous
    - Super-Earth

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    "The BS asymmetry:

    "The amount of energy needed to refute BS is an order of magnitude bigger than to produce it
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    - Alberto Brandolini"

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    - Brexlit (literary fiction dealing with Brexit)
    - Newsjacking (commercials utilizing the current news stories)
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    Sign at a lake in Maryland:

    No Fishing for Turtles.

    Fishing for turtles? Wouldn't that be "turtling?"
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    ^^^The one time I was tempted to become a graffiti artist. To append:

    "And no turtling for fish, either!"

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    Pantheism.
    Sorry for being ignorant, but this word is new to me. Anyway the meaning is appealing

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kjetil Heggelund View Post
    Pantheism.
    Sorry for being ignorant, but this word is new to me. Anyway the meaning is appealing
    Worshipping cookware? Definitely appealing.

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    Neurocapitalism, coming soon to a dystopia near you.
    https://www.vox.com/2019/8/30/208351...ng-neuroethics
    Short-term thinkers are rewarded with reelection, while those who dare to take seriously our responsibility to future generations commonly find themselves out of office.

    - Marcia Bjornerud, Geologist

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    hazmat = abbreviation for Hazardous Materials
    adhocracy = a type of government, presumably run in an ad hoc (unplanned?) way

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    I was bumfuzzled to come across "nudiustertian" — the recent past (literally “the day before yesterday”).
    "That's all Folks!"

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    What does this exciting word "mendacious", which I keep hearing about our sweet new Prime Minister and his kind gentle team, mean?

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    Quote Originally Posted by starthrower View Post
    Neurocapitalism, coming soon to a dystopia near you.
    https://www.vox.com/2019/8/30/208351...ng-neuroethics
    not that easy. I did this some 5 years ago. We scanned the brains of healthy people and people with some brain disorder, and then trained machine learning on the brain scans. You can predict various things in this manner, ie we could predict homosexuality with 65% accuracy, schizophrenia with 80% accuracy etc. You can also do it with fMRI, ie show the person some images in the scanner, and train the machine learning on the patterns of brain activity associated with the image, and use it for prediction (this is the "mind-reading"). It is again quite inaccurate. The problem is the inherent limition of MRI imaging, which has a resolution of some 2mm voxel size. You can incrase the magnetic field from 3 Tesla to 7 Tesla to increase the resolution, but then you get more artifacts etc. The actual communication between the neurons happens on a much much smaller scale and there is no current technology how to read or scan it. Elon Musk is a snake oil salesman. I guess similar limitations will be found in the brain interface that Musk is building. It is one to control some robot arm, but another thing to completely read the mind. But maybe I am wrong. We will see.
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    Quote Originally Posted by CnC Bartok View Post
    What does this exciting word "mendacious", which I keep hearing about our sweet new Prime Minister and his kind gentle team, mean?
    Lying barstewards, (Google gives the following alternatives; untruthful, dishonest, deceitful, false, dissembling, insincere, disingenuous, hypocritical, fraudulent, double-dealing, two-faced, Janus-faced, two-timing, duplicitous, perjured, perfidious
    I think that describes the current mob in parliament, I could probaby come up with a few more appropriate words & phrases, but methinks the mods might object.
    I'm like my avatar .................. a local ruin

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