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Applied!

Applied!

So today is the day that I am eligble to apply for New Zealand citizenship. Done. Now we wait.

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2020 AGM Guest Speaker -- Peter Schweitzer (Genomics Facility Director, Cornell University) - YouTube

We had our 3rd GFANZ AGM on Saturday morning. I made some changes to the format this year in an effort to bring some new things to the group and make it a bit more interesting. We had a discussion about the Indigenous Genomics Institute lead by Lisa Warbrick. We also had about an hour long conversation with my old friend Peter Schweitzer.

One of our principles at GFANZ is sharing information as broadly as possible. We recorded the video conference of the discussion with Peter and published it the next day. This is that video.

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Citations Needed: Episode 110: The Shiny-Object Psychology of American Capitalist “Innovation”

I've been working on pulling together a call for review and renewal of our science system here in Aotearoa. A huge part of the problem with the system is a mistaken understanding of the role of fundamental reasearch, what innovation is, and the effects of venture capital based capitalism. This podcast and the transcript breaks it down.

Also the transcript.

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Let's talk about whether Democrats and Republicans are the same.... - YouTube

In which Beau talks about how changing society begins with changing thought.

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The right-to-repair movement has even bigger plans for 2021 - Protocol

Now for something positive. The right-to-repair movement is gaining ground in various ways - including winning recent ballot measures which deal to Tesla. Go mates, go!

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Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Biden’s Win, House Losses, and What’s Next for the Left

The corporate Democrats are blaming progressives for a mediocre performance at the polls. Progressives won big. It was the corporate Dems who didn't do so well. AOC explains why that is and why the corporate Dems need to get their shit together or there will be Trump version 2 in 4 years.

More here.

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'Very worst of the pandemic' ahead in US with no apparent strategy, experts say | World news | The Guardian

Between the calling of the election and the installation of a the new president, it looks like there will be no plan for dealing with the pandemic from the Trump administration. Not that this is new or anything. It is cold and flu season in the US and there are the Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Years holidays on top. Those holidays typically involve travelling around the country, gathering in large groups, and sharing meals. There are a lot of people acting as if it is over. Ugh.

Reddit discussion.

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Child sexual abuse in Catholic church was ‘swept under the carpet’, inquiry finds | World news | The Guardian

Systemic, global, long time, and ongoing raping of children covered up by the church all the way to the top of the pope's pointy hat. Not just the article linked, but also those linked to from this article. It is very well documented that the Catholic Church has many child rapists amongst its clergy and leaders, and that they cover for these people while punishing those who were abused. For this reason alone, any decent person would condemn this horrible institution.

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