Matt Yglesias, "Trump’s latest big interview is both funny and terrifying", Vox 10/23/2017:
Bartiromo is an extraordinarily soft interviewer who doesn’t ask Trump any difficult questions or press him on any subject. That makes the extent to which he manages to flub the interview all the more striking. He’s simply incapable of discussing any topic at any length in anything remotely resembling an informed or coherent way. He says the Federal Reserve is “important psychotically” and it’s part of one of his better answers, since one can at least tell that he meant to say “psychologically.”
That would be a malapropism for the ages, if it were actually what he said.
But it isn't. Here's audio and an accurate transcript for the passage in question, where President Trump is answering a question about the choice between John Taylor and Jerome Powell for chair of the Federal Reserve Bank:
and they're both very talented people
and it's a hard decision
it's actually a very- a very important decision people have
no- most people have no idea how important that position is
that position is actually more imp- a lot of people say get rid of the fed
take the fed out
the fed's a very important position
it's also important psychologically if the right person is in there
a lot of good things can hap-
I think I'm doing a good job for business in that way
people are coming into the country
I suspect that Yglesias was working from the leaked transcript at ValueWalk, posted on 10/2/2017, which has this for the same passage:
And they are both very talented people. And it’s a hard decision. It’s actually a very important decision. People have no — most people have no idea how important that position is. That position is actually — more — a lot of people get rid of the Fed.
Take the Fed out. That’s a very important position. It’s also important psychotically. If the right person is there a lot of good things can happen. I think I’m doing a good job for businesses in that way. People are coming into the country;
Maybe a Freudian finger slip by the transcriber?
Anyhow Yglesias was not the only one to echo this error — thus Kathryn Watson, "Janet Yellen speaks to National Economists Club as Trump decides her fate", CBS News 10/20/2017:
Mr. Trump told Fox News selecting the next Fed chair is a "hard" decision, but an "important" one.
"That's a very important position," Mr. Trump said. "It's also important psychotically. If the right person is there a lot of good things can happen. […]"
Watson doesn't comment on the word choice, however.
Yotam Berger, "Israel Arrests Palestinian Because Facebook Translated 'Good Morning' to 'Attack Them'", Haaretz 10/22/2017:
The Israel Police mistakenly arrested a Palestinian worker last week because they relied on automatic translation software to translate a post he wrote on his Facebook page. The Palestinian was arrested after writing “good morning,” which was misinterpreted; no Arabic-speaking police officer read the post before the man’s arrest. […]
The automatic translation service offered by Facebook uses its own proprietary algorithms. It translated “good morning” as “attack them” in Hebrew and “hurt them” in English.
The description of the mistake is puzzling:
Arabic speakers explained that English transliteration used by Facebook is not an actual word in Arabic but could look like the verb “to hurt” – even though any Arabic speaker could clearly see the transliteration did not match the translation.
Why is an "English transliteration" involved in the process at all? I suspect that this is a human misunderstanding of the computer misunderstanding, but perhaps someone involved with Facebook's MT team can explain.
I feel like many doctors resist Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) diagnoses for their patients. On the surface, it baffles me why anyone would resist an obvious answer to a complex question. But EDS isn’t a sexy diagnosis, for a variety of reasions.
- They can’t fix it.
- It means admitting that they have wrongly dismissed symptoms as psychosomatic for decades.
- It answers too many questions at once.
- People who have it often have a lot of things going on and it feels to doctors like their patients are “diagnosis shopping.”
- Admitting that there is a legitimate source of chronic pain means another potential patient on opiates, which invites scrutiny.
The thing I try to make clear to my care providers is this:
- EDS can’t be fixed, but knowing and understanding what is going on helps us better treat the issues that do come up.
- Sometimes it’s good to be wrong. Why would you be more attached to your own dignity than to your patients’ well-being? Be humble in your not knowing. The worst doctors are not those who make mistakes, but those who cannot admit when they have been wrong.
- EDS actually makes a lot of issues make more sense. Rather than wondering why there is a cascade of failures going on, it lets you more easily hone in on why those failures are happening and pick up on new issues early. Our bodies are 80% collagen. When all of that collagen is a little bit wrong, it means a lot of things can happen that wouldn’t normally. EDS lets you stop blaming patients and start helping them.
- Literally no one wants lots of diagnoses, but if one actually has those things going on, it’s better to know and understand than to be miserable wondering. I don’t want hypothyroid, fibro, RA, Sjogren’s, allergies, asthma, apnea, IBS or hypermobile joints, but knowing there’s a specific underlying cause and knowing that those are the things wrong means that I can treat them more effectively.
- Most people would rather find ways of treating the things causing pain than simply medicate the pain away. Much EDS-related pain can be reduced by other means. Physical therapy. Joint wrapping. Special diets. Immune modulating drugs and steroids for autoimmune issues. CPAP. Antihistamines. Yes, people need to have their pain mitigated and treated appropriately, but it’s even more important to understand the source of the pain and fix it. I have a laundry list of medical problems… and almost never take opiates because my physical therapy helps so much and I have other strategies.
No one likes feeling helpless, but being unable to directly treat the underlying condition doesn’t mean that it’s not important to know what it is. Doctors are less helpless when they know why a thing is happening, and can anticipate and recognize complex issues more quickly because of the underlying diagnosis.
The thing that makes patients feel most helpless is when doctors give up on them.
Please don’t give up on us.
Also… it has come up a number of times among people I know that some doctors are under the misguided notion that Ehlers Danlos Syndrome does not cause pain.
While it is true that simply having EDS is not inherently painful, thinking that that means that the syndrome is not the cause of pain is naive.
- EDS may not cause pain, but dislocated and subluxed joints are very painful. Since our collagen doesn’t hold us in alignment very well, these things are pretty common.
- EDS may not cause pain, but sprained ankles and wrists, slipped disks and torn skin are all painful. Fragile collagen is much easier to injure.
- EDS may not cause pain, but many autoimmune disorders range from uncomfortable to excruciating. (And people with EDS are much more likely to develop those disorders because our collagen does not function well as a barrier.)
- EDS may not cause pain, but any disorder of the gut has the potential to be excruciating. The gut is made of collagen, and people with EDS are much more likely to have IBS, Crohns, gastroparesis and mast cell disorders that can cause wrenching gut pain on a daily or even hourly basis.
- EDS may not cause pain, but being tired is like being tortured. Sleep apnea and insomnia are very likely in EDS.
- EDS may not cause pain, but anxiety, fear and lack of support make pain much harder to deal with.
And nothing is quite as scary as having your doctor not believe you when you say you’re in pain.
Our bodies are mostly collagen. Every single system in our body has collagen components. Collagen is a complex protein which can go wrong in many ways, not all of which we fully understand.
In EDS, every single bit of collagen is a little bit wrong. It is not so very surprising then, that bodies affected by EDS don’t quite work as expected.
We don’t expect every doctor to understand every single aspect of EDS. But there is not one single specialty that deals with EDS. We go to our primary care docs, our geneticists, our rheumatologists, and often end up passed from caregiver to caregiver with no one being willing to take on the big picture or coordinate care effectively. Even the big diagnostic centers often turn people away, saying, “We can’t treat that.”
We don’t need doctors to treat our EDS.
We need them to treat us, and address the cascade of issues that EDS causes.
This week's prompt is #40 - Marlene Wallace
The adopted daughter and 50% of the motivation of Barret in the original game, and the narrative voice and heart of the story in Advent Children, Marlene is a young girl growing up in the shadow of apocalypse. As a four-year-old, she was somehow capable of tending bar on her own (lol, nineties video game writing); as a nine-year-old, she retains a connection to the people Cloud has made part of her family - both living and dead.
This week, explore Marlene Wallace. What does she like, what does she hate, who is she growing up to be? Where does she consider her home, Midgar/Edge or Corel? How does she feel about Cloud, Tifa, Vincent and the rest? Does she have a spiritual side? Does she still tend bar? ;)
However you introduce us to Marlene, do it in 100 words.
For the prompt "Slasher Movie".
It's been six years since the horrific events of Halloween 5, and Jamie Lloyd is trying to recover from them and get on with her life. Unfortunately for her, the nightmare isn't over. Pursued once more by her murderous uncle, she finds herself uncovering secrets from his past that may be the key to defeating him.
Ghost Wars is about an ostracized young man (Avan Jogia) who sees ghosts who tries to leave town (apparently for the first time ever?), which apparently sets off a series of catastrophic events that causes angry ghosts to start killing residents. The premise is interesting and the acting is solid, but the writing and directing in the pilot were...lacking. I’ve stuck with shows that had worse pilots though.
Superstition is about a less-young man who returns home after 16 years because of visions he had of Very Bad Things. The last vision he had was apparently ignored, and led to his younger brother’s apparent death and running off to join the army. The family business he rejoins is both running a funeral home and dealing with supernatural elements in town. None of the twists are actually shocking, though I’m curious to see if one lasts.
I had heard of Ghost Wars before it aired, but only just, but had no idea that Superstition was even going to exist. Given that 5 of the 6 main characters in Superstition are black, I think we can guess why. Hopefully this isn’t another series where the network has doomed it to fail from the start from a 100% failure to support it. (I mean, seriously SyFy, you have Mario Van Peebles both in front of and behind the camera, and you apparently couldn’t even have a trailer out a few weeks before it aired?)
Fandom: Fire Emblem Echoes: Shadows of Valentia
Word Count: 307
Prompt: 12 A dream itself is but a shadow - Hamlet
Summary: Faye admits her childhood dream.
Note: Part six of a ficlet series starting here. As a side note, this is my 50th femslashficlet (30k words total), so I just wanted to thank the mods for all the inspiration.
( “What is it you miss?” )
- Monday morning: the new Doctor Who companions are announced; I am moderately excited.
- Monday night: Discovery Night, aka the only thing that makes Mondays worthwhile, aka I Accidentally Fell In Love With Admiral Kat Cornwell And Now The Show Mocks Me, aka How Does Jason Isaacs Manage To Be So Interesting When He Really Shouldn't Be?
- Tuesday morning: Harry Potter and the Cursed Child is announced for Melbourne in 2019.
(I quickly double-checked, just in case, but no Turf Wars previews have appeared while I was distracted.)
At that time I will default all uncompleted main assignments. If you feel like you will need an extension then email me before the due time at firstname.lastname@example.org. Extensions come with the penalty of having to complete one additional extra gift that meets the minimum requirements of an assignment for a participant other than yourself, before next year's sign-ups end.
If you have a pinch hit I will not default you but will instead send a check in email to see how you are doing. If you need extra time it will be granted at no penalty regardless of how early it was claimed.
Then we met up with callibr8 and we_are_spc. We had a lot of fun talking about filk, science, Terramagne, yarn, and all kinds of other stuff. I made most of a ball of yarn while we talked, and would've finished it had we thought of doing that sooner. Haven't done that in over 30 years, but it's a permed skill. Thing is, it takes forever to build up the core so that you can get into the fast-wrapping where you throw several loops in the same place before rotating the ball. (It's a lot easier to knit from a ball than a skein unless someone is willing to hold the skein for you.) So that was fun too.
Mostly we hung out at Hokkaido, a rather nice Asian buffet with a sushi bar and downright trippy decoration. Like the fake tree with glowing pink flowers. :D The food was interesting. They had some favorites, like frog legs and crawfish, and some pretty good dim sum dumplings. I also tried the seaweed salad. It was weird -- stringy, salty, fishy, kind of slimy. I probably would've liked it better in summer when I crave salty things. Today was rainy and downright cold. But it's still something I have wanted to try and the vivid green flavor was eye-catching. I might also like it better as a garnish on something, like slivered beef.
Having seen the construction on I-65 in Indiana on the way down during the day -- and the construction on I-70 in Indiana as well! -- we decided to take the diagonal home. This worked well, dodging essentially all of the construction except for a tiny bit on U.S. 30 near Van Wert. Even so, it took us six and a half hours on the road to make it home, so we pulled in at about quarter to one.
And, boy, were we tired! :)
[This is a guest post by Krista Ryu]
It may be true that the problem of gender inequality is more severe in East Asian countries than in European countries. However, in terms of languages, Indo-European languages actually distinguish genders while East Asian languages traditionally do not.
I came across a historical fact that the Korean word geunyeo 그녀 (she) was created between late 19th century and early 20th century to accommodate the concept of “she,” distinct from “he,” especially due to the need for translating English or other European books. Traditionally in Korean language, there was no such distinction of the third person based on gender, and the word used was 그 (geu, third person singular). In fact the word geunyeo 그녀 is 그 + 녀 (女), which suggests it is a new term created by adding the morpheme meaning female to an existing word for third person.
Similarly in Japan, there was only one form of third person singular, 彼 (kare), and it was used without gender distinctions. However, as Japan started importing Western goods and ideas during the Meiji period, the new word “彼女 (kanojyo)” was created to represent the Western concept of a separate third person female. As most of the Western goods and ideas during the late 19th century early 20th century came through Japan, such translation of the female third person pronoun became adopted in Korean as well, and writers started to use the original third person 그 to refer mostly to the male “he,” while new terms were created to refer to the female “she.” The word 그녀 only became widely used after around mid 1900s.
The coinage of this new term was necessary because of the extremely high frequency of the use of third person pronouns like he, she and it in European languages. This high frequency of the use of third person pronouns is due to the fact that repeating the same pronoun within the same sentence was avoided, as well as the fact that European languages require the specification of the subject, unlike other languages like Korean that often omit subjects. Even now, unlike in European languages, the use of these third person pronouns in everyday speech is very rare. The use of 그녀 is especially rare in everyday speech and is mostly exclusively used in writing. In colloquial speech, a third person is referred to as using the word geuae (gyae) 그애 (걔) or geu salam 그 사람, which are both gender neutral and literally just means “that child” or “that person.”
Then I realized that the above lack of gender distinction in third person is probably the same in Mandarin, especially because the pronunciation of the three forms of third person singular words are exactly the same. Hence, it must be that the word was originally just “Ta” and gender neutral, but the script adopted the Western/Japanese-translation concepts of gender-distinct third person to increase accuracy in translation, creating the separate words 他, 她 and 它.
While thinking about this issue, I realized that the gender distinctions in many Indo-European languages don’t stop at third person pronouns; all Romance languages, for example, still have “genders” embedded in all nouns, which also determine the specific article that is to be used. For example, table is feminine in Spanish so one must use “la” as the article, not the masculine “el.” One may say that these rules for articles no longer really carry any gender related meaning, and that they are simply grammatical rules to be followed. While such argument may be true for inorganic objects, organic objects in many of these languages still have gender specific terms, such as occupation related words that end with an “a” to specify females. For example, a male painter in Spanish is el pintor while a female painter is la pintora. Even for animals, there is gender distinction. For example, a female cat in French is la chatte and a male cat is le chat. On the contrary, all three East Asian languages discussed above only have one gender-neutral word for these inorganic and organic objects.
Hence, gender distinction in nouns seem to be a requirement in the grammar of many of the European languages, which makes me wonder whether or not speaking these languages itself can cause one to be more conscious of gender differences by always having to clearly draw the line between males and females, which potentially could lead to discrimination based on gender.
(which reminds me, there were dozens of monarch butterflies at rockfest. I keep forgetting to note that somewhere I'll see it and remember in the future. over the beach and roads and marshes; maybe migrating through at the beginning of october?)
2) thinking about nanowrimo - it turns out that my first idea, which I was pretty keen on, is the exact same one I didn't write last year, so I'm guessing that's not going to work out this year either. I'm studying what did work last year: clearly there should be a lot of parties, multiple points of view, an ensemble cast and possibly medals.
3) second mountain was kinder than the first (lower, shorter, and better weather too) with just as beautiful views. Glenn got us both walking sticks, and he took a picture of me using mine to point something out to Mimi on the side of the mountain - it looks like we're standing in front of a scenic green screen. it's the new and delightful background on my phone.
4) putting more air in my balance ball at work: I am taller now. and my feet don't touch the floor.
5) free bagel-a-day month at panera: did not know chocolate chip bagels existed. also, they can be ordered through the app, mitigating the awkwardness of going up to the counter and asking for free things.
6) still getting used to the pull-down second keyboard in iOS11, but battery life is rebounding with additional updates and disabling unnecessary things like extra motion and background app refresh. I've now gone two days without needing to charge my phone (iPod) in the middle of the day!
(next experiment: battery case. and a waterproof pouch for taking pictures underwater! because we are planning to meet some exciting swimming friends in florida, and hopefully not ruin our phones in the process.)
♥ Until Every One Comes Home (NaNoWriMo 2016)
"He didn’t mean to laugh. The fact that Kat’s lab instantly fell to pieces without her--every time!--probably shouldn’t be funny. But it was. It was one of the most reliably slapstick scenarios on the base."
Jack: “Boom, Sophie, Charon? You okay here for a while, or do you want standby firefighters until you get all of this under control?”
Boom: “Oh, it’s never under control. Kat just acts calmer about it than we do.”
Jack: “What are the chances of them actually blowing up a significant amount of the base before Kat gets back?”
Sky: “Bridge tried to calculate it once. Maybe a few times. There were too many variables.”
Jack: “But low. They’re low, right?”
Sky: “They’re probably lower when Kat’s not here, actually. She doesn’t have the same sense of mortality as the rest of us.”
One of the corner supports in the frame is compromised, due to construction that apparently had a HOLE that led down below the siding, and funneled the water into the hole, for 17 years. The floorboards for the upstairs, along that end of the house, may also be compromised.
The top of the post (the rest may also be dubious) --> https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
It may well be time to lawyer up.
I... will try to answer comments, etc., but I am so sleepy. Even with a short nap, I haven't had above 7 hours of sleep for nearly a week.
A view while they were working: https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
A view from yesterday: https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
A random leaf: https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
Flicker hit Dickens in the face in an egregious manner, so she went to Kitty Jail. Percy is miffed. https://twitter.com/emccoy_writer/
S••••• . o O ( Space: the final frontier. These are the voyages of the starship Enterprise. Its continuing mission: to explore strange new worlds, leaping from life to life, striving to put right what once went wrong, and hoping each time that the next leap will be the leap home . . . )
( INwatch+Bookwatch )
( Dragons under fold )
I basically have to decide by tomorrow morning, because after that I'll be offline and/or busy at this out-of-town conference until signups close.
What to doooo? Sign up with a loose list of sources I know and default if necessary, maybe. Or go in knowing the likelihood of producing a mediocre vid. I'd forgo signups and simply treat hunt after people's letters are posted, except I really do want to receive a vid. :/ :/ :/
From the sound of Twitter during the nominations period, I'm not the only one feeling lukewarm this round. True/False for you?
I found some Ignis/Noctis smut in one of my many abandoned notebooks that is definitely salvageable. I'm actually kind of proud of it so far! The prompt was "body worship" and that's probably one of my favorite kinks. ;3;
I watched the first episode of Sengoku Night Blood and was pretty underwhelmed! I also watched the first episode of Code: Realize and it was a little bit more interesting. I think I'm only capable of watching and loving one series per season and then judging all others to that one, and this season it's freaking ANCIENT MAGUS BRIDE aaaaahhhh.
(For me it's probably K: Pride and Prejudice, F: Miss Fisher's, M: Anne.)