Sunday Paper - Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty, “Diary”, “Ok Boomer” is an ignorant meme

Why Manhattan’s Skyscrapers Are Empty (The Atlantic)

Approximately half of the luxury-condo units that have come onto the market in the past five years are still unsold.

... the typical new American single-family home has become surprisingly luxurious, if not quite so swank as Manhattan’s glassy spires. Newly built houses in the U.S. are among the largest in the world, and their size-per-resident has nearly doubled in the past 50 years. And the bathrooms have multiplied. In the early ’70s, 40 percent…

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Sunday Paper - Voting Machines, Smartphones and digital distraction

Two experts quit election accountability group over claims it has been endorsing untrustworthy machines (Fast Company)

Richard DeMillo , a Georgia Tech professor who sat on Verified Voting’s advisory board, and UC Berkeley statistics professor and associate dean Philip Stark, a VV board member, have resigned from the advocacy group, stating that they believe that Verified Voting has been giving election officials false confidence in some voting machines and providing cover for the companies that make and sell these machines.

In DeMillo's December 1 resignation letter to Barbara Simons (chair of VV's board of directors), he claimed that "Verified Voting’s policy positions were unpredictable, contradictory, and not aligned with the values I once believed we shared. On more than one occasion, Verified Voting has taken contradictory public stances in the span of a few days, undercutting allies and supporters. The pattern of espousing new positions and making public statements that take local VV stakeholders by surprise is nothing new. Rather than seeking out advice, Verified Voting has gone to great lengths to avoid it."

With respect to VV's involvement in a Risk Limiting Audit (RLA) pilot in Georgia, DeMillo claimed that "Verified Voting’s seal of approval for the security theatrics in Bartow County undermines efforts to make elections more accountable. ... No audit based on an untrustworthy audit trail can confirm the correctness of the outcome. Billing such an exercise as an RLA and touting it as a proof of security plays into the hands of cynics."

Stark, who resigned on November 21, accused VV of being on the "wrong side" saying: "Our message to jurisdictions that buy poorly designed, insecure, universal-use BMD [ballot marking device systems] should be, 'We tried to warn you. You need a better voting system' ... Instead, we’re saying, ‘Don’t worry: VV will teach you to sprinkle magic RLA dust and fantasies about parallel testing on your untrustworthy election. All will be fine; you can use our authority and reputation to silence your critics.'"

News summary by Rebecca Mercuri, PhD. Ben Brooks on the nature of the advice on how to keep yourself from being distracted. …There seems to be this idea that tech itself is addicting and that many are handcuffed to tech by way of their phone. And so often the advice, like that advice above, is…

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Sunday Paper - School Start Times, Interchangeable Lens Cameras, Open Sourced

Mercer Me: The Hopewell Valley Regional School District (HVRSD) considers later school start times for middle and high school students given that current early start times were chosen to solve transportation issues and may cause mental health issues and stress in children. I expect that Montgomery Township and West Windsor Township may do the same.…

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Sunday Paper - Flawed sea level models, Politically Motivated Violence, Instagram, Gun Control, First Amendment, Private Networks and Rights, Privacy hypocrites

The climate may be even more screwed up than we thought. There are a couple of reasons. One of the major reasons is that we are seeing ice sheets pushed to a point where processes are coming into play that we hadn’t seen before. And we’re still struggling to understand these processes. We saw this…

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