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  1. Yep. And should be (and are being) studied. You can't solve a problem you don't understand. Let's look at a few. CRT studies have demonstrated that mostly black and Latino school districts are underfunded compared to majority-white school districts. One recommendation to come out of CRT is to fund them equally. Do you disagree? One study showed that in several school districts, there were barriers to non-white students being accepted into gifted programs. (You pointed one out yourself.) One recommendation was that those barriers be removed. Do you disagree?
  2. That's intentional. Partisan polticical groups are fomenting and maintaining that confusion to give themselves a good wedge issue. Try this. Whenever anyone says "CRT" realize that they are saying one of two things: 1) If it comes from, say, FOX News or Matt Gaetz, it means "a way to indoctrinate children to hate white people, become racists and give black people lots of unearned money." 2) If it comes from someone in academia (say, someone who actually teaches or studies it) it means "a study of the structural biases in US law and society." Exactly. And knowing what those instances are, and how they arise, is better than being ignorant about them. Hence, CRT (and CLS.)
  3. Yep. Using CRT to evaluate your own self-esteem would be a similarly foolish pursuit. That does not mean chemo is evil, or that acne is easily cured, or that CRT is racist, or that your own self-esteem is not worth evaluating. Use the right tool for the job. The actual one, not the FOX News one. Specifically, the study of the US law and US institutions and how they related to treatment of different races over the years. For example, the study of redlining is CRT. Your observation of people changing their chosen names for their children for less "ethnic-sounding" names - that is an observation that CRT discusses. Your discussion of Evanston reparations is a topic covered in CRT studies. It came out of CLS, which is a wider study of society and law with an eye towards how those factors tend to empower (and retain power for) specific groups of people - and how those factors help maintain the status quo. (All the legal tax dodges for the very rich would be an example here.) In other words, CRT is the discussion of how society and law in the US influences race and racism, and it is something that you yourself discuss. You believe in some some sort of bogeyman where CRT means "whites are all evil" or "blacks deserve reparations" or whatnot, but again - that is a construct of a somewhat desperate political party that needs a wedge issue, not anything resembling reality.
  4. Agreed. CRT does not hold that, any more than an oncologist holds the view "every disease, first and foremost, is cancer." However, he does spend all his time studying, and treating, and dealing with cancer - because that's his chosen field of study. I am sure you can come up with plenty of other examples. You have been talking about racism for some time here; your posts are dripping with it, and at least half of your posts on this thread are about racism. Are you one of the good racists or one of the bad racists?
  5. billvon

    EUA

    It doesn't make any difference if you understand what we're talking about here? OK then. Post on Chewbacca!
  6. Agreed. The testimony is what will be the "output" of this panel. (And may end up with a few more indictments as well.)
  7. And it might even be that learning about those different viewpoints gives you a wider understanding of both America and the world around it. Any time someone says "the study of XXX must be banned!" my first thought is to wonder why they are so afraid of it.
  8. And today conservatives learn about CRT from FOX News; a very similar situation. I agree! Too bad there isn't a way of critically studying the influence of race (and culture, and socioecononics, and inherited legal formalisms) on how society has evolved, eh? Perhaps because one is a study of the underpinnings of society and how it relates to race, and the other are a bunch of white supremacists who kill black people? If that's same-same to you - some of your posts here make a little more sense.
  9. billvon

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    If you think that, you have either been replying to the wrong thread, or you understood nothing of what was in that post.
  10. It does not, nor did Joe claim it did. What he said was it showcases "all the lies that the Alt-Right are using to try to suppress CRT." Which it does admirably. Some examples: "Critical race theory has spread across the U.S. like—forgive the expression—a virus." And what do you do to a virus? " . . .beholds the astounding impunity with which it may run amok in the streets and burn police cars and shopping malls . . ." Equating CRT to rioting is like equating US independence to looting. (After all, Boston Tea Party - need any fool say more?) "All white people are racists. " - A favorite lie the right attributes to CRT. After all, if you are white, they hate you! As to the censorship itself I refer you to: "Republicans announce federal bills to 'restrict the spread' of critical race theory" https://www.nbcnews.com/news/nbcblk/republicans-announce-federal-bills-restrict-spread-critical-race-theory-n1267161 Please tell us all how the government outlawing a field of study is just fine, but Facebook deleting posts that violate its Terms of Service is just like the Kristallnacht. I'm disappointed. You once seemed like a pretty free thinker, with your own opinions and viewpoints. It was interesting to hear what you had to say. It's sad to see you sucked into the partisan void of the dittoheads and right wing parrots; what comes out of your mouth these days has been predigested and fed to you by the right wing, and you present it without any additional critical thought.
  11. billvon

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    I have too. And if you have been watching DZ.com very much, you have also seen posts that are merely advertising a wonderful new business opportunity, or explaining how an incident was all the fault of a greedy, evil DZO disappear. One might conclude that they were deleted for being against the rules here at DZ.com - or one might conclude that the moderation staff is on the payroll of said evil DZO. (And yes, such accusations have been made.) Which side you gravitate towards is up to you. There is of course a tendency toward homophily - the desire to support anything that is similar to your appearance/beliefs/understanding. That results in a somewhat common message. There is also the desire to suggest to the person screaming "FIRE!" in a crowded theater that perhaps they should wait until after the movie to express their First Amendment protected opinion. But even beyond those two things, given that I have seen all the posts you have claimed have been censored - again, there might be something awry with your logic. See an example below.
  12. billvon

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    ?? Given that you just posted links to several studies that are freely available - that statement does not jibe with what you have posted. I am too. Fortunately that is not what is happening. Yes, private message boards/services have rules. The owners have the freedom to decide what material to host on them. If someone comes here and says "fuck you, you fuckity fuck, and Trump rules" his post would be deleted by either Wendy or myself, since we have a rule against personal attacks. He would then, of course, claim "You CENSORED me because you can't handle the TRUTH that TRUMP RULES! You are like Hitler! You are afraid of me because I speak TRUTH to POWER!" I imagine that such posts make people like that feel better; indeed, often they make such posts so they can then claim "CENSORSHIP!" Of course, those arguments are somewhat less than compelling. (Or I am really just like Hitler; take your choice.) They've been in use since 2018, and been in development since 1985 or so. So we do have a fair amount of data on them. Sure. And diet and exercise are always good ideas - as is quitting smoking and avoiding excesses of alcohol or drugs.
  13. ?? Not sure that makes sense. On a grand jury to decide on a tax fraud charge, should there be both law abiding people and tax cheats?
  14. I suspect that will have limited utility, since charged droplets can only be induced within a short distance from the field source. But at a larger level this is going to be another conflict. Here in CA, getting it to rain in LA means less rain in Mojave. And someone is going to sue.
  15. Nope. Depending on where the cutter is mounted, you will see either the same hesitation or a shorter one. In general, AAD firings result in less loop to clear.
  16. I think the article was saying that they store energy for four to six hours before discharging back to the grid. In other words, due to their cost per kwhr, they are used to peak-shave rather than store power on sunny weekends for use during the week. This iron battery is being touted as so cheap that you can build gigawatt-hours of storage and store energy over days or weeks rather than hours. That being said, I've heard this song before. I started working with lithium ion batteries in 1995, and since then have tested and evaluated dozens of types of batteries, from advanced lead-acid to lithium sulfur to solid state lithium. And I've seen at least 100 breathless announcements of a new revolutionary battery technology that would solve the energy crisis, store power for weeks, be super cheap, and last for tens of thousands of cycles and tens of years. Aquion was one promising one - a "salt water" battery similar to this one touted for home storage. They actually made it into production before folding, and there are a few of them out there. They don't work well. There have been dozens of others. The lithium sulfur battery. That company (Ovonics) is out of business now. The molten salt battery. Flow batteries (which work but are big $$$ and have environmental problems.) Various sodium batteries. None have worked as well as existing batteries. In the 26 years I've been following these things I've seen exactly two that have proven out - silicon anode and solid state batteries for very small amounts of power storage (think motherboard clock batteries.) Maybe solid state will work out one of these days for high power/high energy storage, but I tend to doubt it based on the charge carrier mobility problem. Or maybe one of these new technologies will come along and prove itself. In the meantime, the two mature technologies out there (lithium ion and lithium iron phosphate) work fairly well.
  17. billvon

    EUA

    That's probably true. Similarly, there are all too many people who would rather die than see him proved wrong. Hence my reliance on peer-reviewed studies rather than FOX News or CNN articles. Edited to add - I would point out that no one has proven that HCQ does NOT work against COVID-19. It may someday be shown to provide some (likely minor) protection against SARS-CoV-2. But as of now, after several studies on the topic, there is no evidence it does.
  18. billvon

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    Some things you may not have noticed when perusing this popular press article: The study was not for hydroxychloroquine, but rather hydroxychloroquine and azithromycin combined. Azithromycin is an antibiotic which has some antiviral properties, which is unusual for an antibiotic. The authors conclude that "it is likely AZM does contribute significantly to this increase in survival rate." Given that AZM is known to be effective against COVID-19, and no other study has shown HCQ to be effective - this study does not demonstrate that HCQ is effective against COVID-19. In addition, this was not in any way a treatment for most people who have COVID-19. It was a study only on people on ventilators, and does not apply to others. The authors mention that "these data do not yet apply to hospitalized patients not on IMV." (IMV is mechanical ventilation.) You complain above that another study of HCQ "used 2,400 mg/day - well into the toxic range. If I was to design a study of how to use HCQ to worsen the survival rate of severely ill patients, I could hardly do better than did Oxford." (This was for the first day of the Oxford study; after the first day doses were much lower.) I am not sure why you think 2.4 grams a day is a poor choice due to toxicity. But in any case this study used more than 3 grams HCQ for 25% of the patients, making this, by your definition, an even more flawed study. If you are indeed working on COVID-19 treatments, I hope you apply more rigor than this to your studies.
  19. Every gallon of that water next to them is promised to someone else. Sure, they could steal some - and then someone downstream would see an even bigger shortage. These are the sort of issues we are going to be facing more and more often over the coming decades.
  20. Agreed. The month I spent in Niger was very eye opening. (Although at the end I could leave - so it wasn't exactly the same. But still educational.)
  21. billvon

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    Right. Which is considerably more effective than hydroxychloroquine has been demonstrated to be. And while certainly not a magic bullet, it is commonly used in treatment of severe cases, and even some less urgent cases. Recall that Trump was treated with all three, even though he claimed the disease was not severe.
  22. billvon

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    Except that Remdesivir, dexamethazone and monoclonal antibody therapy work for COVID-19 as well, and are considered valid treatments for severe cases of the disease. So that particular conspiracy theory has a few holes in it.
  23. Back to the topic - Needles, CA, a city in the California desert (and famous for where Snoopy's brother lived) is now down to one working well, due to overpumping and the warming climate. The pump for it runs 90% of the time, indicating it is very close to its limit. Once that hits 100%, people there will see periodic water shutdowns. Note that this is WITH an aggressive water conservation program. We will see this more and more often as water supplies run dry - and there's nothing to replenish them with, https://www.latimes.com/california/story/2021-07-20/needles-california-fights-drought-along-colorado-river
  24. While I agree, the conclusion "so blacks have to leave if they want to see equal rights" speaks more to failures of a society than anything else.
  25. Doesn't look too healthy. Has the owner been rolling coal?