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Tomorrow and Tuesday I’m attending the #astro2020 decadal early career researchers workshop and as part of the requirements to attend, I had to read about 200 pages of (publicly available) documentation relating to the last decadal. I learned some things!
1. Apparently the NASA budget doubled between 1988 and 1991
2. The National Research Council *is* part of the National Academies (which are charged by law to produce a decadal survey in the various earth and space sciences every 10 years)
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PARTICLES FOR JUSTICE IS LIVE! I am proud to be a co-author on this statement from high energy physicists:
"We write here first to state, in the strongest possible terms, that the humanity of any person, regardless of ascribed identities such as race, ethnicity, gender identity, religion, disability, gender presentation, or sexual identity is not up for debate."
"Belittling the ability and legitimacy of scientists of color and white women scientists using such flimsy pretexts is disgraceful, and it reveals a deep contempt for more than half of humanity that clearly comes from some source other than scientific logic."
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1/ No history of vaccination should begin with Jenner. The practice of inoculation is a necessary precursor to any history of vaccination, but often gets left behind, diminished or derided. Not to mention Benjamin Jesty. #historyisnotGreatMen #histmed #histSTM (thread)
2/ Smallpox has been with us possibly since the Neolithic Revolution. And at least since the 16th century, variolation (or insufflation (blowing dried smallpox matter into the nose) was routinely practiced as a preventive in China. And that is based on written records alone.
3/ In India from the 17th century onwards, there is written evidence of variolation, or dipping a sharp iron needle into dried smallpox matter and puncturing the skin in a small circle, usually on the upper arm. Practiced during the spring, variolation used 'pocky matter'....
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This is the most important book that I read cover to cover in 2017: Race and the Totalitarian Century by Vaughn Rasberry 1/n
He says in the intro: β€œVery little of the vast literature on totalitarianism has followed the road opened by Arendt, and before her, by WEB Du Bois β€” who viewed the 1st & 2nd World Wars as interimperialist rivalries fought in, and over, African territory β€” on the relation between
on the relation between modern racial terror and the onset of total war and totalitarianism. . . Theorists of totalitarianism scarcely include histories of unregulated violence against Black people in their ideological coordinates.” This book fixes that.
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