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Name: Kathy Hinsman
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Hometown: Pittsburgh PA
Home country: USA
Current location: Pittsburgh
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Will robots take our children's jobs?

Link: https://nyti.ms/2jLR9Ts

New York Times / Style Section / Dec. 11, 2017
By: Alex Williams

Like a lot of children, my sons, Toby, 7, and Anton, 4, are obsessed with robots. In the children’s books they
devour at bedtime, happy, helpful robots pop up more often than even dragons or dinosaurs. The other day I
asked Toby why children like robots so much. “Because they work for you,” he said.

What I didn’t have the heart to tell him is, someday he might work for them — or, I fear, might not work
at all, because of them.

It is not just Elon Musk, Bill Gates and Stephen Hawking who are freaking out about the rise of
invincible machines. Yes, robots have the potential to outsmart us and destroy the human race. But first,
artificial intelligence could make countless professions obsolete by the time my sons reach their 20s.
You do not exactly need to be Marty McFly to see the obvious threats to our children’s future careers.
Say you dream of sending your daughter off to Yale School of Medicine to become a radiologist. And why
not? Radiologists in New York typically earn about $470,000, according to Salary.com.

But that job is suddenly looking iffy as A.I. gets better at reading scans. A start-up called Arterys, to cite just
one example, already has a program that can perform a magnetic-resonance imaging analysis of blood flow
through a heart in just 15 seconds, compared with the 45 minutes required by humans.

Long read, but well-researched and thought provoking article in which the author discusses the future automation of many professions and career choices of today's youngsters. It's kind of scary and it's happening now.

Inside the gerrymandering data top Pa. Republicans fought to keep private

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette 12/8/17
(picked up from the Philadelphia Enquirer)

Link: http://www.post-gazette.com/news/politics-state/2017/12/08/gerrymandering-data-top-Pennsylvania-Republicans-fought-to-keep-private-redistricting-voting-election/stories/201712080123

Republican lawmakers used detailed data on the partisan leanings of voters when they created the current Pennsylvania congressional map, according to documents federal judges had ordered them to turn over in a trial that began this week.

Lawyers for House Speaker Mike Turzai and Senate President Pro Tempore Joe Scarnati had fought to keep private a trove of documents as they prepared for the trial, which began Monday in Philadelphia. They also sought to block the documents in a separate, state gerrymandering trial that begins next week in Harrisburg.

Among them are maps that contain detailed data on partisanship across the state, which experts said appear to confirm widespread suspicion that Republicans had intentionally drawn the map to favor their party. One map’s database contains details for each of nearly 3,000 voting districts in the state, including the races and ethnicities of voters and results from state and national elections from 2004 through 2010. Also included are metrics that appear to rate each voting district’s level of partisanship.

After the judges ordered the documents turned over, lawyers for the Republicans asked that anything not used as evidence in the trial — the data were not introduced, although analysis of it was — be destroyed within 24 hours of the trial’s conclusion.

- snip -

Pennsylvania’s map is considered one of the most extreme congressional gerrymanders in the country. Since the map’s creation in 2011, Republicans have consistently won 13 of 18 seats in the U.S. House of Representatives, even as votes across the state have generally split evenly between Democrats and Republicans.

Republicans attempted to hide the data because it “undercuts their story in a big way,” said Michael Li, an expert on redistricting at the Brennan Center for Justice at New York University. “Why do you have all this data, right? ‘I wasn’t trying to flee the country, but I had $10,000 and my passport in a canvas bag.’ ”

--more at the link --

And there we have it, proof positive that Pennsylvania has been gerrymandered to death by the ultra-conservative rightwingers. Nobody has to wonder any more. This has to end immediately after the the 2020 census. Check every state that has a larger, diverse population, the GOP has done it wherever they can get away with it.

Oh, to be 8 again!

A man was sitting on the edge of the bed, watching his wife, who was looking at herself in the mirror. Since her birthday was not far off he asked what she'd like to have for her birthday.

"I'd like to be eight again," she replied, still looking in the mirror.

On the morning of her birthday, he arose early, made her a nice big bowl of Coco Pops, and then took her to Adventure World theme park. What a day! He put her on every ride in the park; the Death Slide, the Wall of Fear, the Screaming Roller Coaster, everything there was.

Five hours later they staggered out of the theme park. Her head was reeling and her stomach felt upside down. He then took her to a McDonald's where he ordered her a Happy Meal with extra fries and a chocolate shake. Then it was off to a movie, popcorn, a soda pop, and her favorite candy, M&M's. What a fabulous adventure!

Finally she wobbled home with her husband and collapsed into bed exhausted. He leaned over his wife with a big smile and lovingly asked, "Well Dear, what was it like being eight again?"

Her eyes slowly opened and her expression suddenly changed.

"I meant my dress size, you idiot!"

The moral of the story: Even when a man is listening, he's gonna get it wrong.

Protesters chain themselves to Pittsburgh building where U.S. Sen. Pat Toomey has office

Source: Pittsburgh Post Gazette

Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Dec. 4, 2017

Two women who chained themselves to the Grant Street entrance of Downtown's Grant Building released themselves from the revolving doors at around 8:40 this morning, ending a small demonstration against U.S. Senator Pat Toomey's support for a controversial tax plan passed in the small hours of Saturday morning.

"Pat Toomey has basically betrayed his constituents by pushing forward on this tax bill that will hurt a ton of his constituents. It's really just helping his donors," said one of the two protesters, Lindsey Disler, of the Northside, as a couple dozen supporters looked on.

"It's not a done deal yet," she added, referring to the fact that differing House and Senate versions of the bill must be reconciled, with each chamber voting again. Republicans have expressed confidence that the reconciliation process will go smoothly, and it seems unlikely that Mr. Toomey would change his mind: He was among the most vocal supporters of the plan on the Senate floor. But Ms. Disler said she was there because "the situation is so catstrohpis and so dire, something has to be done."

Those working in the building, which houses Mr. Toomey's Pittsburgh office, were told to use a side entrance -- and to blame Mr. Toomey's vote for any inconvenience. City police officers were on hand by 8:30 a.m., and after whispered discussions, Ms. Disler and fellow protester Chelsey Engel, of Dormont, unchained themselves to cheers from supporters. A banner reading "Toomey is a Traitor," which was taped over another pair of doors, was also taken down.

Read more: http://www.post-gazette.com/local/city/2017/12/04/Protesters-Pat-Toomey-office-chain-themselves-Pittsburgh-building/stories/201712040099

--- More at link---

Trump's plan for handling accusations of sexual misconduct

Apologies if this has been posted already - I couldn't find it on DU.

<- just in case

Willie Geist - rec if you think he should be the new Today Show host

By now everybody probably knows that Matt Lauer is out after 20+ years as the host of NBC's iconic Today Show.

So who's going to replace Matt Lauer? Maybe Willie Geist, who has been a frequent fill-in host while Matt or somebody else was out on vacation. Also he's been a regular on MSNBC for several years. Maybe Willie deserves the nod to be the permanent replacement on Today?

Rec if you think YES - or post your suggestion below.

Just released - Trump Family's 2017 Christmas Card ;-)

<-just in case

My friend keeps sending me her "forwarded" thingies

Here's an example, she send me this stuff all the time:



I changed my car horn to gunshot sounds. People get out of the way much faster now.

Gone are the days when girls used to cook like their mothers. Now they drink like their fathers.

You know that tingly little feeling you get when you really like someone? That's common sense leaving your body..

I didn't make it to the gym today. That makes five years in a row.

I decided to stop calling the bathroom the “John” and renamed it the “Jim”. I feel so muchbetter saying I went to the Jim this morning.

Old age is coming at a really bad time. When I was a child I thought “Nap Time" was a punishment. Now, as a grownup, it feels like a small vacation.

The biggest lie I tell myself is..."I don't need to write that down, I'll remember it."

I don't have gray hair; I have "wisdom highlights." I'm just very wise.

Teach your daughter how to shoot, because a restraining order is just a piece of paper.

If God wanted me to touch my toes, He would've put them on my knees.

Last year I joined a support group for procrastinators. We haven't met yet.

Why do I have to press one for English when you're just going to transfer me to someone I can't understand anyway?

Of course I talk to myself; sometimes I need expert advice.

At my age "Getting lucky" means walking into a room and remembering what I came in there for.

Actually I'm not complaining cuz I am a Senager. (Senior teenager) I have everything that I wanted as a teenager, only 60 years later.
I don’t have to go to school or work.
I get an allowance every month.
I have my own pad.
I don’t have a curfew.
I have a driver’s license and my own car.
The people I hang around with are not scared of getting pregnant.
And I don’t have acne.

Life is great. I have more friends I should send this to, but right now I can't remember their names.


So she's a good friend and I don't want to insult her by asking her to stop sending them.

(The Onion) Swollen Rex Tillerson spotted rushing to place mouth over leaks

Swollen Rex Tillerson spotted rushing to place mouth over leaks spouting in Keystone Pipeline

The Onion / News in Photos / November 17, 2017

Link: https://politics.theonion.com/swollen-rex-tillerson-spotted-rushing-to-place-mouth-ov-1820557703

Cutest kids tell what does love mean to them?

A group of professional people posed this question to a group of 4 to 8 year-olds, 'What does love mean?'

The answers they got were broader, deeper, and more profound than anyone could have ever imagined.
See what you think:
'When my grandmother got arthritis she couldn't bend over and paint her toenails anymore. So my grandfather does it for her all the time, even when his hands got arthritis too. That's love.'

Rebecca- age 8
'When someone loves you, the way they say your name is different. You just know that your name is safe in their mouth.'

Billy - age 4
'Love is when a girl puts on perfume and a boy puts on shaving cologne and they go out and smell each other.'

Karl - age 5
'Love is when you go out to eat and give somebody most of your French fries without making them give you any of theirs.'

Chrissy - age 6
'Love is what makes you smile when you're tired.'

Terri - age 4
'Love is when my mommy makes coffee for my daddy and she takes a sip before giving it to him, to make sure the taste is OK.'

Danny - age 8
'Love is what's in the room with you at Christmas if you stop opening presents and just listen.'

Bobby - age 7
'If you want to learn to love better , you should start with a friend who you hate. '

Nikka - age 6
'Love is when you tell a guy you like his shirt, then he wears it everyday.'

Noelle - age 7

'Love is like a little old woman and a little old man who are still friends even after they know each other so well.'

Tommy - age 6
'During my piano recital , I was on a stage and I was scared. I looked at all the people watching me and saw my daddy waving and
smiling. He was the only one doing that. I wasn't scared anymore.'

Cindy - age 8
'My mommy loves me more than anybody You don't see anyone else kissing me to sleep at night.'

Clare - age 6
'Love is when Mommy gives Daddy the best piece of chicken.'

Elaine-age 5
'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy smelly and sweaty and still says he is handsomer than Robert Redford.'

Chris - age 7
'Love is when your puppy licks your face even after you left him alone all day.'

Mary Ann - age 4
'I know my older sister loves me because she gives me all her old clothes and has to go out and buy new ones.'

Lauren - age 4
'When you love somebody, your eyelashes go up and down and little stars come out of you.'

Karen - age 7

'Love is when Mommy sees Daddy on the toilet and she doesn't think it's gross..'

Mark - age 6
'You really shouldn't say 'I love you' unless you mean it. But if you mean it, you should say it a lot. People forget.'

Jessica - age 8
And the final one:

The winner was a four year old child whose next door neighbor was an elderly gentleman who had recently lost his wife. Upon seeing the man cry, the little boy went into the old gentleman's yard, climbed onto his lap, and just sat there. When his Mother asked what he had said to the neighbor, the little boy said, 'Nothing, I just helped him cry'

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