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Which of these names do you prefer?

First grow is finally drying now. (If you are interested in growing yourself, I recommend http://www.growweedeasy.com.

The unidentified seeds were given to me. Looking for just an informal name to use among friends. Pear is the theme and it’s a sativa. Choose one or create your own. Thanks!

Facebook only just now gets around to blocking the #VaccinesKill hashtag

Facebook balances lives against dollars the same way Ford did with the Pinto. Civil liability is the only real way available, right now, to make them understand.

https://www.cnn.com/2021/07/21/tech/facebook-vaccineskill-hashtag/index.html

Last week, even as it came under fire from the White House over its role in spreading anti-vaccine misinformation, Facebook (FB) hadn't taken the simple step of blocking the #VaccinesKill hashtag on its platform.

Now the hashtag is hidden on the platform, locked behind a message that says Facebook is "keeping our community safe."

The change happened hours after CNN Business asked Facebook why the page full of anti-vaccination falsehoods was easy to find. If this sounds familiar, it's because almost the exact same thing happened with Facebook-owned Instagram two years ago, during one of the company's previous efforts to tell people that, seriously, it really was doing a great job of moderating anti-vaccine content.

It's yet another example of the Whack-a-mole that happens all across social media. Reporters or other users notice content that clearly violates a platform's policies; they ask why it is being permitted; the platform whacks it away; and then the cycle repeats.

The existence of the #VaccinesKill content was noticed by CNN last weekend, after President Joe Biden accused Facebook of "killing people" by letting lies spread on its platforms.
Biden later walked that back and focused his ire on individuals and organizations who use Facebook to spread disinformation.

It remains quite hard to get a handle on the scope of the problem. Many of the so-called "disinformation dozen" that Biden criticized, who were identified in a report by the Center for Countering Digital Hate as super-spreaders of anti-vaccine propaganda, have been banned in some way from one or another of Facebook's platforms or have gone quiet. Some of the "dozen" have learned how to post in ways that create less risk Facebook will take action against them.”

More geometric art



65# paper on Bristol board, 24”x19” developing a motif at Karnac.

I played with it using my photo app and came up with this:


Thanks for looking!

Welcome to Mordor

https://twitter.com/aoc/status/1411088090832252933?s=21

De colores, que no?


Gratitude for the 🌧

Criminal trial against Rio Arriba Sheriff ends in mistrial

Rio Arriba is the site of Tijerina’s courthouse raid in 1967 and the sheriff preceding the present one, Rodella, is sitting still in federal prison for civil rights violations.

TIERRA AMARILLA, N.M.- The criminal trial against the sitting sheriff of Rio Arriba County ended in a mistrial Friday.

District Court Judge Kathleen McGarry declared a mistrial because the jury was unable to reach a unanimous verdict.

Sheriff James Lujan is accused of interfering when Espanola Police were in a high speed chase back in 2017 and officers were in pursuit of suspect Phillip Chacon.

Prosecutors say Sheriff Lujan was friends with the suspect and wanted to help him. Court records claim he "instructed Phillip Chacon to gather his belongings and get in his patrol vehicle" to avoid arrest.

It's not clear whether prosecutors plan to bring Lujan to trial again.


https://www.kob.com/new-mexico-news/criminal-trial-against-rio-arriba-sheriff-ends-in-mistrial/6131413/

Chronicling Trump's 10 worst abuses of power

https://www.cnn.com/2021/01/24/politics/trump-worst-abuses-of-power/index.html

Washington (CNN)Former President Donald Trump flouted the limits of presidential power unlike any of his recent predecessors, leaving behind a legacy of unmatched abuses that range from violations of longstanding norms to potentially criminal behavior.

It was hard to keep track amid the daily deluge of controversial tweets and distractions that were a hallmark of the Trump presidency. And some of the most egregious abuses of power weren't clear at the time but came into focus after exhaustive investigations.

To chronicle Trump's most consequential abuses of power, CNN spoke with a politically diverse group of constitutional scholars, presidential historians and experts on democratic institutions.

While these 16 experts did not agree on everything, there was consensus that Trump's pattern of abusing his powers for personal or political gain reached an alarming level that hasn't been seen in modern history, and will have long-lasting consequences for the future of American democracy.

Here is a breakdown of Trump's 10 most significant abuses of power.


They are listed as:

1) Subverting the 2020 election
2) Inciting an insurrection
3) Abusing the bully pulpit
4) Politicizing the Justice Department
5) Obstructing the Mueller investigation
6) Abusing the pardon power
7) The Ukraine affair and cover-up
8) Loyalty oaths and personalizing government
9) Firing whistleblowers and truth tellers
10) Profiting off the presidency

The End of the World by Archibald MacLeish

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Vision and Breathing May Be the Secrets to Surviving 2020

https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/vision-and-breathing-may-be-the-secrets-to-surviving-2020/|

We are living through an inarguably challenging time. The U.S. has been facing its highest daily COVID-19 case counts yet. Uncertainty and division continue to dog the aftermath of the presidential election. And we are heading into a long, cold winter, when socializing outdoors will be less of an option. We are a nation and a world under stress.

But Andrew Huberman, a neuroscientist at Stanford University who studies the visual system, sees matters a bit differently. Stress, he says, is not just about the content of what we are reading or the images we are seeing. It is about how our eyes and breathing change in response to the world and the cascades of events that follow. And both of these bodily processes also offer us easy and accessible releases from stress.

Huberman’s assertions are based on both established and emerging science. He has spent the past 20 years unraveling the inner workings of the visual system. In 2018, for example, his lab reported its discovery of brain pathways connected with fear and paralysis that respond specifically to visual threats. And a small but growing body of research makes the case that altering our breathing can alter our brain. In 2017 Mark Krasnow of Stanford University, Jack Feldman of the University of California, Los Angeles, and their colleagues identified a tight link between neurons responsible for controlling breathing and the region of the brain responsible for arousal and panic.

This growing understanding of how vision and breathing directly affect the brain—rather than the more nebulous categories of the mind and feelings—can come in handy as we continue to face mounting challenges around the globe, across the U.S. and in our own lives. Scientific American spoke with Huberman about how it all works.

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Burritos to go -- 6 days (so far) on the Washington Post online front page:

[link:https://www.washingtonpost.com/road-to-recovery/2020/11/11/chipotle-digital-kitchen-takeout

You can go to Chipotle’s newest restaurant, but you can’t stay there.
With online orders booming during the pandemic, the fast-casual Mexican chain announced Wednesday that it is rolling out a new restaurant format that exclusively services pickup and deliveries. Chipotle Digital Kitchen is the company’s take on the “ghost kitchen” model — empty of diners and fast on orders — and when it opens this weekend in Highland Falls, N.Y., it will kick off an effort by the company to boost online sales in “nontraditional locations.”

As more people turn to takeout and delivery to avoid public places during the coronavirus outbreak, cash-strapped restaurateurs have been forced to chase down dollars in novel ways, including testing new concepts or paring down operational costs with ghost kitchens. Such facilities can be urban warehouses containing multiple small kitchens leased by a restaurant or a restaurant subcontractor for delivery only, eliminating the need for premium locations and fancy build-outs. Orders are often delivered by “third-party aggregators” such as DoorDash, Uber Eats or Grubhub.



Advertiser content? The only story (unreported) is the financial relationship between WaPo and Chipotle.

Burritos are, by definition, to go. Maybe they can try a few trucks on various street corners.
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