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Route to Heroin Abuse [...]

As documented elsewhere on wiki, the route to most current heroin abuse is not recreational use, but painkiller addiction: > According to statistics from the Center for Disease Control, drug use researchers like Kolodny, and even the DEA, what gets people addicted to heroin in places like New Hampshire and Vermont is the over-prescription or ready availability of pain...

 

Purdue Pharma [...]

Much of the blame for the current opioid epidemic can be placed at the feet of Stamford, Connecticut company Purdue Pharma and the system which enabled it to thrive. A family-owned business, Purdue "struck gold" after getting FDA approval for Oxycontin, a new opioid formulation. They presented their formulation as a breakthrough, claiming it provided 12 hours of reli...

 

Tsongas Would Have Died In Office [...]

> There’s a history of candidates concealing their medical risks. After former Massachusetts senator Paul Tsongas won the 1992 Democratic primary in New Hampshire, his personal doctors vouched for his health, implying that Tsongas’ cancer was cured when it was actually incurable. Tsongas would’ve died before his first term was over....

 

Purdue Pleads Guilty [...]

> The company that makes the narcotic painkiller OxyContin and three current and former executives pleaded guilty today in federal court here to criminal charges that they misled regulators, doctors and patients about the drug’s risk of addiction and its potential to be abused. > > To resolve criminal and civil charges related to the drug’s “misbranding,” the...

 

Twelve Hour Problem [...]

Purdue Pharma misrepresented the amount of time Oxy worked. This not only created nonexistent benefits of the drug over competitors, but created a harmful cycle of addiction. > The drugmaker Purdue Pharma launched OxyContin two decades ago with a bold marketing claim: One dose relieves pain for 12 hours, more than twice as long as generic medications. > > Patients wo...

 

Chemtrail Politics [...]

> He will almost certainly survive his August 30 primary to face Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick, a top Democratic recruit with a long record of winning tough races, in November. But he has had to endure a pesky primary battle against Kelli Ward, a little-known state senator who once held a public hearing on the conspiracy theory that the government has been deliberately poisoni...

 

I Miss You (Bjork Video) [...]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IKSoBJ8WirE Interestingly, MTV got upset over Bjork's animated breasts in the final seconds of this video, and would only play it at night....

 

Teenage Björk [...]

Old video footage of Bjork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAuP1JDesJs > BONUS: Exclaim noted that some footage of Björk’s pre-Sugarcubes teenage punk band, Tappi Tíkarrass, or, translated, “Cork the Bitch’s Ass,” had resurfaced this week. And though it seems like this footage has actually been online for quite a while (the YouTube video was posted in 2012...

 

Teenage Björk [...]

Old video footage of Bjork. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NAuP1JDesJs > BONUS: Exclaim noted that some footage of Björk’s pre-Sugarcubes teenage punk band, Tappi Tíkarrass, or, translated, “Cork the Bitch’s Ass,” had resurfaced this week. And though it seems like this footage has actually been online for quite a while (the YouTube video was posted in 2012...

 

Teenage Björk [...]

Old video footage of Bjork. > BONUS: Exclaim noted that some footage of Björk’s pre-Sugarcubes teenage punk band, Tappi Tíkarrass, or, translated, “Cork the Bitch’s Ass,” had resurfaced this week. And though it seems like this footage has actually been online for quite a while (the YouTube video was posted in 2012), I personally feel that with around 100,00...

 

Jobs That Don’t Exist [...]

> Tomorrow’s university graduates will be taking a journey into the professional unknown guided by a single, mind-blowing statistic: 65% of today’s students will be doing jobs that don’t even exist yet. > > Technological change, economic turbulence and societal transformation are disrupting old career certainties and it is increasingly difficult to judge which ...

 

GritBit [...]

Stanford wants to instrument grit. > SCHMUTTE: Technology has tremendous potential to help students become more self-aware and intentional as learners. One of our concepts was something we called the Grit Bit — like a Fitbit, but for learning. Imagine a tool that tracks metrics related to students’ progress: stress and mood levels, physical activity, social activ...

 

Natural Rulers of the World [...]

The alt-right appeals to gamers because of the white male geek sense that they are the natural rulers of the world, held back by political correctness. > The affinity between gamers and right politics makes sense. "It’s not hard to see why this ideology would catch-on with white male geeks," Klint Finley writes in his excellent explainer on neoreaction. "It tells th...

 

Denominalization [...]

> This is called denominalisation, which is the technical term for converting a noun to a verb. There are two ways to accomplish this conversion. You can either affix the noun with a suffix, like -ify, as in purify or clarify. Or you can do what we’ve been doing, and just steal a thing and do it. The name for the second option is zero derivation – because nothing...

 

AI’s White Guy Problem [...]

> But this hand-wringing is a distraction from the very real problems with artificial intelligence today, which may already be exacerbating inequality in the workplace, at home and in our legal and judicial systems. Sexism, racism and other forms of discrimination are being built into the machine-learning algorithms that underlie the technology behind many “intellig...

 

Philippine Meme Factory [...]

> Then, of course, there’s the content, which, at a few dozen posts a day, Nicoloff is far too busy to produce himself. “I have two people in the Philippines who post for me,” Nicoloff said, “a husband-and-wife combo.” From 9 a.m. Eastern time to midnight, the contractors scour the internet for viral political stories, many explicitly pro-Trump. If something...

 

Facebook’s Khan Conspiracy [...]

> Readers who clicked through to the story were led to an external website, called Make America Great Today, where they were presented with a brief write-up blended almost seamlessly into a solid wall of fleshy ads. Khan, the story said — between ads for “(1) Odd Trick to ‘Kill’ Herpes Virus for Good” and “22 Tank Tops That Aren’t Covering Anything” ...

 

Dressing Up The Email Blast [...]

Sanders followers repurposed frequent Sanders email blasts into graphic Faqcebook memes. > Rafael Rivero is an acquaintance of Provost’s who, with his twin brother, Omar, runs a page called Occupy Democrats, which passed three million followers in June. This accelerating growth is attributed by Rivero, and by nearly every left-leaning page operator I spoke with, n...

 

Identity Headlines [...]

> From a user’s point of view, every share, like or comment is both an act of speech and an accretive piece of a public identity. Maybe some people want to be identified among their networks as news junkies, news curators or as some sort of objective and well-informed reader. Many more people simply want to share specific beliefs, to tell people what they think or, ...

 

Too Short Tweet [...]

> Holy Moly! So more than half of all the people that huddled with Clinton were donors to her family’s foundation? Grab the can of damage-control spray! > > Or maybe not. Click through to the actual article and a key qualifier rears its head. The count doesn’t include anyone in the U.S. federal government or representatives of foreign governments. In other words...

 

Put That There (1980) [...]

> "Put That There" was a pioneering MIT effort studying more natural ways of communicating with computers through gesture, voice and collaboration. These sorts of interactions are commonplace now on home game consoles here you see the foundations being laid a full thirty years ago. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sC5Zg0fU2e8...

 

Animated Page Flips, 1977 [...]

The argument for simulating page-flips goes back a long way. > SDMS does not distinguish between icons and document windows, like Xerox Star will do a few years later. The user can zoom into the minimized thumbnail world of material until an item becomes clear and legible. The monitor to the right will display control elements to edit the document in focus. For examp...

 

Filebox As Playlist [...]

The Filebox in Xerox's NoteCards system was similar to the "playlists" of today. > In addition to the standard text and graphic cards, NoteCards has more card types built in. These are filebox and browser cards. They support the user in sorting and categorizing the content cards. A filebox is a simple way to collect cards that have some aspects in common. Fig. 2.6 sh...

 

Xerox NoteCards [...]

> NoteCards (cf. 2.1.6) is originally a research project at Xerox PARC starting in the early-1980s. It uses a physical card metaphor; i.e. each card displays its content in a separate window. The system is designed to support information-analysis tasks, like reading, interpretation, categorization and technical writing [Shneiderman/Kearsley 89]. For that reason the fo...

 

Disk Overwrite [...]

> ENQUIRE ultimately proved a failure - in terms of it being implemented within the research divisions of CERN - but it was vital for providing a conceptual basis for the future World Wide Web. It is believed that the original ENQUIRE program - that was stored on a diskette - was overwritten by either Brian Carpenter or Robert Cailliau during the mid 1980's....

 

HyperTIES Demo [...]

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fZi4gUjaGAM...

 

Douglas Engelbert’s Augment and NLS [...]

> In 1962 Douglas Engelbert started to develop computer tools to augment the human intellect. The project was called Augment. In contrast to the Memex, Augment was actually implemented and was successfully demonstrated in 1968. Although it was not developed as a hypertext system, NLS (online system), a part of the Augment project, had many hypertext features like cros...

 

ENQUIRE [...]

> ENQUIRE was a software project written in 1980 by Tim Berners-Lee at CERN,[2] which was the predecessor to the World Wide Web.[2][3][4] It was a simple hypertext program[4] that had some of the same ideas as the Web and the Semantic Web but was different in several important ways. > > According to Berners-Lee, the name was inspired by a book entitled Enquire Within...

 

Focussed on the Printout [...]

Coombs: > The development of tools providing new capacities has been replaced by safe and obvious enhancements of comfortable procedures. Second, developers and authors have lost sight of the fact that there are two products in the electronic development of a document: the printout and the "source" file. Currently everything is directed toward producing the printout;...

 

Scholarly Text Processing and the Death of Innovation [...]

> Even in academia there is reduced impetus for more intelligent systems. Universities have their own business and administrative offices that make good use of business-oriented systems. Moreover, scholars often prefer these systems over the alternatives. Those who have access to more powerful systems rarely have the time to learn to exploit them fully, and many find ...