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    This is the longer story of what my paper was about: a set of roommates and a mutual friend who lives elsewhere, have a HUGE FIGHT about the ownership of a pretty good car the roommates have had and “shared” (for want of a better word) for their entire friendships. The mutual friend sees the scrawny roommate as one s/he should defend because the other roommate is HUGE, but would prefer to stay out of the fight if s/he can, and, if not, try to negotiate.

    The Huge-roommate is mad because the mutual friend doesn’t live anywhere near them and should mind his/her own business. The Scrawny-roommate has started going to the gym and took up boxing, but is still scrawny, and is also showing the registration s/he got from the DMV last week—which s/he didn’t tell the Huge-roommate about.

That’s the gist. 

joshbyard:

Researchers Using Big Data to Forecast Genocide

Australian researchers say they have developed a mathematical model to predict genocide. A Swiss sociologist has sifted through a century of news articles to predict when war will break out — both between and within countries. A Duke University lab builds software that it says can be used to forecast insurgencies. A team assembled by the Holocaust Museum is mining hate speech on Twitter as a way to anticipate outbreaks of political violence: It will be rolled out next year for the elections in Nigeria, which have frequently been marred by violence.

What makes these efforts so striking is that they rely on computing techniques — and sometimes huge amounts of computing power — to mash up all kinds of data, ranging from a country’s defense budget and infant mortality rate to the kinds of words used in news articles and Twitter posts.

None of this has yet produced a perfect crystal ball to foretell mass violence — and for good reason. “Events are rare, data we have is really noisy,” said Jay Ulfelder, a political scientist who is developing a web-based early warning system to forecast mass atrocities. “That makes it a particularly hard forecasting task.”

But social scientists are getting better at anticipating where trouble might start — or as Mr. Ulfelder put it, “assessing risks.” That explains why the United States intelligence community has been exploring the field for years. The government’s Political Instability Task Force, which Mr. Ulfelder helped to run for over a decade, tries to predict which countries are likely to witness civil unrest in the near term. Its data is not public, nor is information on how the government uses its predictions.

(via Spreadsheets and Global Mayhem - NYTimes.com ht StoweBoyd)

yahoonews:

White flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge
Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.
One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police say it isn’t clear what time they were placed there — or by whom. Several officers scaled the bridge and were seen lowering the flag on the Manhattan side around 11 a.m. as traffic inched along the bridge.
The bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city, constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. The city’s Department of Transportation is referring all queries to the New York Police Department. (AP)
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yahoonews:

White flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge
Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.
One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police say it isn’t clear what time they were placed there — or by whom. Several officers scaled the bridge and were seen lowering the flag on the Manhattan side around 11 a.m. as traffic inched along the bridge.
The bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city, constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. The city’s Department of Transportation is referring all queries to the New York Police Department. (AP)
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yahoonews:

White flags appear atop Brooklyn Bridge

Someone has replaced two American flags on the Brooklyn Bridge with mysterious white flags. The white flags — international symbols of surrender — fluttered Tuesday from poles on the stone supports that hold cables above the bridge connecting Brooklyn and Manhattan.

One of the flags, viewed via video, appeared to have faint traces of stars and stripes on it. Police say it isn’t clear what time they were placed there — or by whom. Several officers scaled the bridge and were seen lowering the flag on the Manhattan side around 11 a.m. as traffic inched along the bridge.

The bridge is one of the most heavily secured landmarks in the city, constantly monitored by surveillance cameras. The city’s Department of Transportation is referring all queries to the New York Police Department. (AP)

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