Feb. 12th, 2017

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Proclus believed that mathematics was intrinsic to the fabric of things, and that its language enabled one to articulate the knowledge of reality: the relation between whole and parts could be expressed in terms of divisibility; the bonds between disparate parts of the same universe could be seen as proportions; the generation of beings from the divine Monad, the One which is the principle of everything, was a sort of multiplication, and so on. Mathematical objects themselves are intermediate between the intelligibles and the sensibles and consequently reflect the human condition....

S.Cuomo. Ancient Math.
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Just a thought: the fake news problem is structurally similar to the fake words problem Google solved in the 1990s.
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Недавно смотрел какие-то опросы про раскол американского общества. В большинстве своем, демократы считают республиканцев идиотами, а республиканцы считают демократов идиотами. Соотношение примерно 9:1 с обеих сторон. Очевидно, что шансы на осмысленный спор о текущей политике и экономике возможен в очень узкой прослойке людей, которые доверяют друг другу. Поэтому наша единственная надежда, что Gary Cohn не даст Дональду Трампу угробить экономику страны (и мира).
Mr. Cohn also argued that the bold infrastructure projects that Mr. Trump envisioned would need private-industry partners, those people said, in order to avoid weighing down the government with costs.

That got Mr. Trump’s attention.

The president-elect turned to the other people in the room — his son-in-law, Jared Kushner; his chief strategist, Stephen K. Bannon; his chief of staff, Reince Priebus; and Steven T. Mnuchin, his campaign’s chief fund-raiser and Mr. Trump’s nominee to be Treasury secretary — surprised that his infrastructure ideas had such a potential downside.

“Is this true?” Mr. Trump asked the group, according to those people. Heads nodded. “Why did I have to wait to have this guy tell me?” he demanded.

https://www.nytimes.com/2017/02/11/business/dealbook/trump-economic-cabinet-gary-cohn.html



Wow!

Feb. 12th, 2017 10:20 pm
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Whether Flynn is monumentally stupid or monumentally arrogant is the big question that hangs over this increasingly strange affair.
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What’s going on was explained lucidly by a senior Pentagon intelligence official, who stated that “since January 20, we’ve assumed that the Kremlin has ears inside the SITROOM,” meaning the White House Situation Room, the 5,500 square-foot conference room in the West Wing where the president and his top staffers get intelligence briefings. “There’s not much the Russians don’t know at this point,” the official added in wry frustration.

http://observer.com/2017/02/donald-trump-administration-mike-flynn-russian-embassy/

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