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Hello! I'm the president of a hybrid academic for-profit on Long Island that does public education, professional development, and consulting, focusing on international relations/country studies. My PhD was a quantitative and qualitative network analysis of international security cooperation, so interested in all of the above as well as data analysis and networks in particular.

This is from a 2017 study and I'm sure I don't have to tell anyone how it's gone since.

The Supreme Court has lost its legitimacy.

These justices are meant to serve the public. The idea that they could serve political ideologies and do so for life is appalling and it should be for all people, not just those who are aligned with that particular political ideology.

It's a pretty deranged exercise in ancestor worship; that we can somehow shoe-horn the changes in American life - cultural, political, economic, and structural - into a set of rules some people made that were just human beings who foresaw some things but definitely not all of them. They made changes.

Nobody should want a politically motivated court with as much power as the Supreme Court has upon which individual members serve for life.

As a poll inspector for the June NY primary (including all the early voting days), I can say with authority that people are really unclear on the entire concept of "primary election". And that they don't read instructions.

Good read: "Artificial intelligence is creating a new colonial world order" by Karen Hao

"The AI industry does not seek to capture land as the conquistadors of the Caribbean and Latin America did, but the same desire for profit drives it to expand its reach. [...]

Neither does the industry still exploit labor through mass-scale slavery [...]. But it has developed new ways of exploiting cheap and precarious labor, often in the Global South"

Question for those who teach state and local government in the U.S. 

I'm trying to come up with a list of FICTION titles that tell stories about state and local politics and government.

So far, I've got:
All the King's Men, Robert Penn Warren
To Kill a Mockingbird, Harper Lee
Bonfire of the Vanities, Tom Wolfe
Jaws, Peter Benchley

Any other suggestions? I'm open to including children's fiction as well.

There's a gender-inclusive novice-programmer inclusive meetup to learn julia from scratch! (online, EU times). Wanted to boost the link incase anyone might be interested

Last night was the first time I dreamed about grad school and it *wasn't* a nightmare. Progress!

Just submitted 2 FOIA requests to the U.S. State Department. One on disabled employees and one on detained Americans.

Let's see how long it takes for them to respond 🕰️

#foreignpolicy my hot take of the day 

Anyone still making the "off ramp" recommendation is clearly not experienced at driving. There are plenty of people who use the off ramps to *accelerate*.

Everyone has been giving Russia off ramps since Syria. Look how fast they're going now.

I can see that I grew too reliant on the birdsite's translate feature - going to have to brush up on the French and German (still learning Spanish!)

If you're new to the Fediverse, here's what made the platform work for me: aggressively following and unfollowing new people.

Whatever standards you've built up on Twitter for deciding to follow someone, throw them out the window. Follow someone because they made a funny or insightful post. Follow someone because their bio says they like pesto. Follow someone because they have a cute fursona. Anything really.

Following is free. And if it doesn't work out, unfollowing is also free.

Mastodon/fedi server recs (because :birdsite: literally blocked me from posting it lol)


Lefty/social justice-oriented:,,,





Geographical: (NZ), (Twin Cities, MN), (Montréal, Punklandia)

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"Convert images to LaTeX: Take a screenshot of math and paste the LaTeX into your editor, all with a single keyboard shortcut."

Could be life-changing 🙂




After freezing rain in Michigan, apples that hadn’t been picked got coated in ice. Many fell off the tree. Some had their insides turn to mush as apples have lower freezing points. The mush and skin fell, leaving these “ghost apples.”

📷: Andrew Sietsema


Political network analysis 

Theoretically informed network analysis of the connections between Trump and Putin based on open source data

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