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A 'special cultural operation': how Ukrainians boost resilience and spread laughs with wartime memes (globalvoices.org)

The war in Ukraine has inspired a number of memes and instances of patriotic rallying across the society. "Irony is a powerful mechanism, especially when it is shared by a number of people,” says Natalya Shaposhnik, a practicing psychotherapist in Ukraine. “It is a new language to express something for which one does not...

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Halfway down the article when

“It's a cool incredibly ugly beaver,” another user shared. “It looks like it partied in a drug den for half a year, then crawled out, and was hit by a truck, then after the accident, the truck backed up and ran the poor thing over again. I bought it as a present for the woman I love. Both of us are welcoming the beaver.”

I love it, how cute.

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I'm not a fan of this. I can see a lot of potential problems with a system designed like this. In particular, a focus on quantifying attributes in an institution will create an incentive to drive the attribute towards a better number without actually looking at the mechanisms underlying the data. This played out in the American education system over the last 20-30 years with standardized testing driving an entire era of failed policymaking (no child left behind) which resulted in people teaching to the test, rather than teaching to the material.

On a larger scale this kind of sentiment analysis has exploded in companies in the last 10-20 years with nearly every retailer now partnering with giants like gallup and neilson to ask you how your experience was. Internal employee polling to gauge engagement has been pushed by the likes of qualtrics, garter, and a slew of new startups focused on measuring and reporting on these kinds of metrics. If you've ever worked at a company and dealt with this kind of analysis, you'll find a distinct lack of higher level thinking - they hyperfocus on the score and how to increase the score, never really paying a whole lot of attention to what's driving the score.

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To be fair I don't think that AI is involved here, it's a simple likert scale where data is aggregated. I could see the company attempting to use AI to sell talking points or more complicated analysis on top of this data such as by 'proactively identifying' students which might need more help, but it wasn't mentioned in the article. Either way I agree it creates perverse incentives centered around the data points and not the children.

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Hey there, this belongs in chat. I'm going to remove this, feel free to repost it there.

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It's much easier to demonize and fight with someone you know nothing about. Make friends and it's much more difficult to quarrel over trivial things with those people. In this case it's about quarreling with a government which a friend belongs to, so more like fighting with organizations for which you know members of and those which you do not.

‘I got a brain injury and a life sentence’: the hidden legacy of male violence against women (www.theguardian.com)

The connection between traumatic brain injury (TBI) and intimate partner violence (IPV) is a global scandal and a public health secret. It is hard to find any reference to it on websites concerning violence against women and girls, women’s organisations, major brain injury charities, or in training for heath, police and social...

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Glad to hear this is garnering more attention. It's a sad state of affairs, but hopefully it can receive more funding and more visibility. As it is right now, questions to determine potential TBI after episodes of domestic/partner violence are a rarity, but getting these individuals access to appropriate medical care is so important.

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People mixing their own pre-workout often make this mistake and drop in a tbs or more of caffeine which can and often does kill people. Caffeine is a risky substance when you utilize it in a purified form - a risk with many drugs where the active dose is so small.

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Thank you for sharing this. You're absolutely right that its not up to you to educate others. In fact, the concept of educational burden is often brought up when we talk about minorities. If someone unknowingly does something racist or sexist, they often push back and ask for an explanation from the affected party. This is a burden they are placing on others, because they have not educated themselves. But this is also misplaced, because they are the one causing harm and they are usually the person in the position of power or the person who is in a place of privilege.

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What is up with the way that article is written? Is this meant to be targeting incels? There's a weird level of hand-holding tutorial interspersed with sexist ideology about owning a girlfriend. There's also a weird shift from NFT art of women into trying to find a date in VR? but no mention that you're trying to interact with a human? If this was written by a human (and not AI) I am very concerned

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Honestly it's kinda fascinating in some extremely weird way...

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