From Reddit, where the comments are also worth reading:
Guys, listen. Here’s the deal.
I love you guys with every shred of my hard-left leaning heart. But I think you might be doing something wrong. Here is one thing that can help you.
Tomorrow, wear a polo and khakis
Seriously. polos and khakis. Every time you guys DO finally get some fucking press, it’s a scrawny dude with dreads in a ratty t-shirt. You’re going big here, dress it. Tomorrow, Polo shirt and Khakis.
Why? Because you need to get the right-leaning equivalent of me on your side. I’m 35 right now. I understand where the hippy thing comes from. I get it as well as a guy who’s 35 can. My Counterparts do not. They think you are scummy druggies on welfare and when they see on tv a bunch of people who they think are S.D’s on W, they root for the cops to hit you again.
Speaking of the cops, Who do you think they’ll mace first? SD’s on W, or a guy in khakis and a polo? Seriously, it’s fucking cop camouflage. And if they DO come for you. When people at home see PEOPLE THAT LOOK LIKE THEMgetting abused by police… That’s when shit changes.
Seeing protesters get beat up means nothing because protesters get beat up all the time. Therefore, don’t look like a protester! This connects you to the person watching and opens them to your side!
So for serious. Do it. You’re almost about to tip this thing over. Polos and khakis. Cop Camo + target audience = Shave, shower and polos and khakis.
TL;DR: Polo shirt and Khakis = dress code for nyc protests tomorrow.
Edit: Going to bed soon, one more thing before I turn it over to all of you.
Please spread this as much as you can. Professionalism will help push this thing over the edge. You have labor pushing you. National Media is starting to wake up to you. You’re almost there. Keep pushing.
Think: Business Casual Friday. Don’t play it up like the Billionaires for healthcare. You’re just a guy, going to work in this big office building here.
Even if you don’t think that you SHOULD be judged on appearances (which I do agree), You have to realize that you ARE. Fight the appearance fight another day. Polos and khakis.
“While the majority of Blip.tv users are watching plenty of prime-time TV, they say they’re watching less than before, a worrying trend for cable and satellite operators. Respondents said they’re watching 9% less TV on average than they did six months ago. At the same time, they are watching 26% more video on personal computers, 19% more video on mobile devices and 18% more on game consoles than they were six months ago.”—
A busy beaver is a turing program that maximizes the number of steps it executes before stopping. Basically, the longest but non-infinite program possible for a given turing machine. The Busy Beaver function is a non-computable function that determines, given a turing machine with n symbols, how many steps that turing machine’s Busy Beaver program will run. It grows faster than any other function. I’m not that great at explaining it though.
The largest known busy beaver number is at least, but probably larger than 7.4 × 1036534. That’s for a 2-symbol, 6-state turing machine.
What’s a little more interesting about busy beaver numbers is why we can’t compute them. If we had a function that would compute a busy beaver number, it would - by necessity - solve the halting problem: you cannot use a turing program to determine whether or not an arbitrary other turing program will halt or continue infinitely. You just have to run the program and … hope it halts. It’s quite related to Gödel’s incompleteness theorum, but applied to computability theory.
My name is Kelly Schomburg, I’m the girl with the red hair in these pictures. I was protesting at the Occupy Wall Street march yesterday when I and several other women were sprayed with mace and subsequently arrested. Many have already seen the video, which has been spreading like wildfire over twitter, Facebook, tumblr, and other video feeds, along with hundreds of other photos and videos. This is my recount of what happened.
Good account. However. When something like this happens, you probably should talk through with your defense counsel before posting accounts online. Third party descriptions are one thing, but a personal account is a dangerous thing to put online…
When asked for his thoughts of the continued occupation in lower Manhattan, Noam Chomsky responded via email:
Anyone with eyes open knows that the gangsterism of Wall Street — financial institutions generally — has caused severe damage to the people of the United States (and the world). And should also know that it has been doing so increasingly for over 30 years, as their power in the economy has radically increased, and with it their political power. That has set in motion a vicious cycle that has concentrated immense wealth, and with it political power, in a tiny sector of the population, a fraction of 1%, while the rest increasingly become what is sometimes called “a precariat” — seeking to survive in a precarious existence. They also carry out these ugly activities with almost complete impunity — not only too big to fail, but also “too big to jail.”
The courageous and honorable protests underway in Wall Street should serve to bring this calamity to public attention, and to lead to dedicated efforts to overcome it and set the society on a more healthy course.
why should i be forced to pay for someone to spread viewpoints I disagree with?
Think about it from another direction: all the money that businesses spend lobbying for political favors can now be put to productive use in the economy. Publicly funded elections increase the likelihood that people who aren’t well connected and rich can run for office on the power of their ideas, rather than the power of the special interests funding their campaign.
Completely concur. It will probably never happen due to the vested interests of the corporate lobby, but it’s a nice pipe-dream. You argued eloquently (readers, click back to read his entire answer) the points I try to drive home when someone brings up this rebuttal.
One day, Plato asked his teacher, "What is love? How can I find it?" His teacher answered, "There is a vast wheat field in front. Walk forward without turning back, and pick only one stalk. If you find the most magnificent stalk, then you have found love." Plato walked forward, and before long, he returned with empty hands,having picked nothing.His teacher asked, "Why did you not pick any stalk?" Plato answered, "Because I could only pick once, and yet I could not turn back. I did find the most magnificent stalk, but did not know if there were any better ones ahead, so I did not pick it. As I walked further, the stalks that I saw were not as good as the earlier one, so I did not pick any in the end.His teacher then said, "And that is love."
“There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own. Nobody. You built a factory out there — good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police forces and fire forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that maurauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory… Now look. You built a factory and it turned into something terrific or a great idea — God Bless! Keep a Big Hunk of it. But part of the underlying social contract is you take a hunk of that and pay forward for the next kid who comes along.”—
Female employees at Wal-Mart brought the largest sex discrimination lawsuit in U.S. history, which the Supreme Court threw out by a(nother) 5-4 vote this year. Despite overwhelming statistical evidence of discrimination in promotions, the Court’s majority ruled it could not proceed as a class…