Source:This neural network—which you can read about here, basically it’s a computing network modeled on animal nervous systems—has eleven layers of neurons, which makes it possible to ID millions of house numbers a day from the Street View raw image data. “We can, for example, transcribe all the views we have of street numbers in France in less than an hour using our Google infrastructure,” write the engineers in a new Arxiv paper about the project. What about the numbers that are too blurry for this giant brain to make sense of? No prob—those are identified by humans as part of a second generation CAPTCHA program. So you may have already contributed to the cause, without even realizing it.
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And every day at school, he would get a free lunch from a government program. He told Eloise he didn’t want a free lunch. He wanted his own lunch. One in a brown paper bag, just like the other kids.
He wanted one, he said, because he knew a kid with a brown paper bag had someone who cared for him. This is what the Left does not understand."
Paul Ryan shames kids from low-income families who get free lunches.by suggesting that their families don’t care for them.
So, is this the GOP’s new “outreach” - shaming children for being born into a poor family and telling them their family doesn’t care about them because they are poor?
These people are bullies. They get off on making the poor feel like shit.
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HEY IMPORTANT THING. I just got this email:
BIG NEWS: President Obama just announced that he is taking major action against sexual assault by creating a presidential task force to fight rape on college campuses.1
Having the President on our side is huge at a moment when sexual assault on college campuses has reached an epidemic level. Right now, 1 in 5 women will be assaulted or raped during college.2
For over a year now, the UltraViolet community—that’s you!—has been taking action together to tackle rape culture and stand up for survivors. Together with our allies, we’ve helped bring the epidemic of sexual assault on college campuses into the spotlight and called on the Administration to address it.
That’s why the White House wants to know what solutions YOU want to see. As an advocate who has spoken out for survivors before, your input is valuable. This is a major opportunity to be heard by the President and White House.
Can you take 3 minutes to fill out a short, easy survey about what you think the Presidential Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault should do? We’ll deliver your response to the White House next week.
Presidential commissions have a mixed record—some have faded into historical footnotes, while others have changed the course of our country’s history. For example, President Reagan’s HIV/AIDS task force led to increased funding for drug trials and an end to federal discrimination against those who are HIV-positive.3
We know that searches for solutions to sexual assault and rape can end up victim-blaming instead of holding attackers accountable. It’s why we’re bombarded by media figures that blame alcohol, twerking, and teenage naivete for rape instead of the rapists.4 And just last year, campus after campus—from Yale to USC—was called out for mishandling rape cases.5
When colleges don’t take rape accusations seriously, it discourages survivors from reporting. Only 12% of survivors report the assault, and it’s more often the survivors rather than their attackers who drop out of school.6
A federal task force will create uniform guidelines that colleges should follow to stop sexual assault and punish rapists. Data and research is helpful, but input from citizens who care and know about the problem is critical to finding the right solutions.
Last year, Ultraviolet members spoke out and demanded the Department of Education start holding campuses accountable for failing to uphold Title IX—the federal law that bans sexual discrimination in education, including sexual assault. From Steubenville, Ohio, and Maryville, Missouri, to Yale University, you’ve spoken out time and again to demand justice for survivors who have been swept aside by school authorities, law enforcement, and their communities. Now the President himself is demanding more be done, and he wants to hear from you.
Thanks for speaking out.
—Nita, Shaunna, Kat, Karin, Malinda, Adam, and Gabriela, the UltraViolet team
This is super big!
Share any stories, even from friends or even if you haven’t actually been assaulted. Like I was actually stalked by and sent very vulgar and graphic messages from a male classmate more than twice my age when I was in college, and the school did nothing to protect me other than tell the man to stop talking to me, and it was the third time he’d done that to female classmates. I literally had to have someone chaperone me to and from my car because I was so scared of this guy.
HOLY SHIT, SOMETHING GOOD HAPPENING IN AMERICA!?
SIGNAL BOOST THE SHIT OUT OF THIS.
Please do this. It’s super quick.
(fixed the link, because it was one that was signed in under someone else’s name)
Important enough that I want reblog on here.
(via wretchedoftheearth)Source: newvagabond
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Source: susurrationsIt’s not against the law in Massachusetts to secretly take photos up a woman’s skirt, the state’s highest court ruled Wednesday. The court dismissed charges against Michael Robertson, who was arrested by Boston transit police for taking photos and videos up multiple women’s skirts or dresses on the subway.
The judges sympathized with the notion that a woman should be able to have a reasonable expectation not to have secret photos taken up her skirt when she goes out in public, but ruled that current state law does not address that. Massachusetts’ “Peeping Tom” laws, as written, only protect women from being photographed in dressing rooms or bathrooms when they are undressed. Since upskirt photos are taken of fully clothed women in public, they don’t count, according to the court.
“A female passenger on a MBTA trolley who is wearing a skirt, dress, or the like covering these parts of her body is not a person who is ‘partially nude,’ no matter what is or is not underneath the skirt by way of underwear or other clothing,” the court wrote.
Robertson’s lawyers defended his actions by arguing the photos were a matter of free speech.
Upskirt photos are becoming increasingly common with the spread of camera phones, but the law is slow to catch up with new technologies. Under most voyeurism laws, women must have a “reasonable expectation of privacy,” which is difficult to prove when she is in public. The Massachusetts court is hardly the first to acquit men who take these photos; perpetrators in Oklahoma, Indiana, and Washington have all been cleared by judges because the laws on the books did not apply. In response to one case in which a man legally took upskirt photos of a 10-year-old girl, Indiana lawmakers passed an upskirt ban in 2011. Other states have considered but not passed similarly updated voyeurism laws.
ew ew ewwwww
Today in news that makes me want to seek alternate living arrangements in a nearby galaxy…
Maybe I’m just not that bright, but isn’t that the whole purpose of setting precedent? To set a standard for how laws are interpreted and enforced in society?
Rape culture hard at work
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ive-month old Maverick Higgs was born with a severe heart defect, and two surgeries later was still in heart failure. He needed a heart transplant, and fast. But after initially saying he was a candidate, the child’s New York-Presbyterian doctors decided there was nothing more they could do to help. They said Maverick had six months to live.
The official reason given for denying Maverick the transplant was because he suffered from Coffin-Siris, a rare genetic defect that the doctors said would put him at risk for infection and tumors. They provided Maverick’s parents with a study on the defect.
But when Maverick’s mother, Autumn, contacted the study’s author, she discovered that there was no evidence to support the theory that children with Coffin-Siris had compromised immune systems.
She was confused, but excited. But when she told the doctors, they still refused to go forward with a transplant to save Maverick’s life.
And Maverick’s mother figured out the most likely reason why was because the genetic defect did have some documented effects — namely developmental disabilities.
This weekend, CNN published a great, in-depth look at organ transplants and the vague, shrouded methods that doctors use to decide who gets a transplant and who doesn’t. In the past, physicians were straightforward about denying transplants to disabled patients — “We do not feel that patients with Down syndrome are appropriate candidates for heart-lung transplantations,” one doctor explained, denying a child a transplant in 1995.
Maverick’s parents applied to four different hospitals, three of which turned her down, citing the Coffin-Siris defect or, in one case, “the big picture.”
But CNN talked to six different Coffin-Siris experts, all of whom confirmed that the defect was not a valid reason to deny a transplant.
"I’ve never seen a child with Coffin-Siris who was immune compromised," said Dr. John Carey, a pediatrician and geneticist at the University of Utah School of Medicine who has been studying the genetic syndrome for 36 years. "I don’t think it’s a valid reason to deny a transplant."
"(Coffin-Siris) is not a reason to say no to a transplant," said Dr. Grange Coffin, who first identified the syndrome in 1970, along with his colleague at the University of California, Dr. Evelyn Siris. "I would say it’s wrong to do so."
"We absolutely know this happens. It’s a huge problem," David Magnus, the director of the Center for Biomedical Ethics at Stanford University told CNN. “It’s real people sitting in a room making these tough decisions, and it’s not surprising their own prejudices and biases influence them.”
Magnus said he conducted a study that showed despite making no medical difference, more than four in ten doctors considered neurodevelopmental delays in transplant decisions.
And while the ratio of available organs to in-need patients makes it inevitable that some patients will die waiting, CNN has documented a trend of developmentally-challenged patients who were given multiple excuses for why they couldn’t qualify.
Maverick finally got lucky — after being turned down by New York-Presbyterian, Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, and the Cleveland Clinic — Boston Children’s Hospital agreed to take him on and consider him for a transplant.
Within three weeks, the doctors had adjusted his medication enough that his blood pressure went down, his blood-oxygen levels rose, he had more energy, he gained weight. The baby that once had six months to live didn’t need a transplant anymore and was almost ready to go home.
But should Maverick ever need a transplant, the Boston doctors told his parents, they wouldn’t let the Coffin-Siris affect their decision. He would be a candidate.
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They’re killing us.
They’re literally killing us.
Somebody please notice.
(via thechocolatebrigade)Source: queerability
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