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Interactive map shows uploaded activity routes of fitness-trackers users who share their routes socially through the Strava app. Popular pedestrian routes and jogging paths show up, as do cut-through streets, commuter routes, and even ferry routes. Over a billion activities have been aggregated in the map, which is controversial because western outposts in otherwise primitive or uninhabited areas (like US military bases in the desert) light up rather conspicuously. Here's how Strava processed the raw data to make this map. Close to Tulsa, the map highlights popular walking and jogging paths, like those around LaFortune Park and Lynn Lane Reservoir. Paths around popular tourist attractions like Australia Zoo and Hobbiton are relatively faint, but the Te Waihou Walkway, a path that leads to New Zealand's Blue Spring is white-hot. This may just reflect that people are likelier to be running their fitness apps when exercising than while on vacation.

So You Want To Be A Conservative Writer? - Kurt Schlichter

Advice from a popular columnist who came out of seemingly nowhere just a few years ago.

"Narrow your focus. Tie the concept to an event happening right now - be topical and save your evergreen think pieces for when you have a following that will indulge a more leisurely take. Be fresh, even on a subject that everyone is writing about. Take Hillary Clinton, who I often refer to as "Felonia Milhous von Pantsuit." (Advanced Tip: Catchphrases can help set you apart from the pack) You might almost think that there is nothing left to be written about that dizzy diva and her epic flameout, but she's always coming up with some embarrassing new scheme to steal back a sliver of the limelight she so desperately needs. Find one little aspect of her horribleness, like her toleration for abusers on her staff even as she poses as The Champion of Womyn, or how Democrats are terrified she might try to make it a failure trifecta by running in 2020, and zero in. Be clear. Be focused. Be different from all those writers who submit a wet noodle when the editors are looking for a cold steel scalpel."

Pandas: Meet Wes McKinney, the man behind the most important tool in data science -- Quartz

"But Python was missing some key features that would make it a good language for data analysis. For example, it was challenging to import CSV files (one of the most common formats for storing datasets). It also didn't have an intuitive way of dealing with spreadsheet-like datasets with rows and columns, or a simple way to create a new column based on existing columns.

"Pandas addressed these problems. David Robinson, a data scientist at Stack Overflow, explained the importance of it in technical terms. 'The idea of treating in memory data like you would a SQL table is incredibly powerful,' he says. 'By introducing the 'DataFrame,' Pandas made it possible to do intuitive analysis and exploration in Python that wasn't possible in other languages like Java. And is still not possible.'"

An incidental definition of the Anglosphere?

This list of countries in this section of the United Kingdom's Immigration Rules, dealing with knowledge of the English language and the British way of life, may serve as a reasonable starting point for defining the Anglosphere -- the nations of the world where English is widely and fluently spoken and, specifically for this paragraph, is the primary language of instruction in higher education. The term Anglosphere also implies a legal foundation that is grounded in the English Common Law and the Magna Carta.

"iii) the applicant has obtained an academic qualification (not a professional or vocational qualification), which is deemed by UK NARIC to meet the recognised standard of a Bachelor's or Master's degree or PhD in the UK, from an educational establishment in one of the following countries: Antigua and Barbuda; Australia; The Bahamas; Barbados; Belize; Dominica; Grenada; Guyana; Ireland; Jamaica; New Zealand; St Kitts and Nevis; St Lucia; St Vincent and The Grenadines; Trinidad and Tobago; the UK; the USA; and provides the specified documents;"

The People's Cube: Blocked By the Department of Defense | Frontpage Mag

The People's Cube founder Oleg Atbashian writes:

"Our reader, who is a U.S. Army officer, has sent us the screenshot below showing that The People's Cube has been blocked by the DoD Enterprise-Level Protection System due to 'hate and racism' - a blatantly false label applied by someone on the government payroll, whose salary comes out of our taxes.

"When I lived in the Soviet Union, my speech was expected to be blocked as politically unreliable and not aligned with the government's collectivist, socialist agenda. Such was the default setting and there was nothing I could do about it. At the time I assumed that if I were to move to the United States, I'd be free to speak without censorship. Imagine my surprise when I found that many in this country, including on the government level, were motivated by the same collectivist, socialist agenda I had escaped from.

"Dismayed at the sight of this happening in a free country, I began to satirize the left's absurd and crooked schemes again, this time in English, and launched the People's Cube. This site has become an outlet not just for me, but for thousands of like-minded Americans and contributors from around the world, who opposed socialism and collectivism in general.

"Shortly after the Cube was launched, the 'open-minded' proponents of socialism began to use misrepresentations and lies in order to block our content. ..."

The People's Cube was an online outgrowth of the Communists for Kerry satirical demonstrations during the 2004 presidential election.

Breaking: FBI admits it 'failed to preserve' five months of text messages from anti-Trump FBI agent - TheBlaze

Eighteen-minute gap?

"The FBI mysteriously 'failed to preserve' five months of text messages between a senior FBI agent who worked on special counsel Robert Mueller's Trump-Russia investigation and his mistress, an FBI lawyer.

"The Department of Justice made the disclosure in a letter to the Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee on Friday, according to the Daily Caller. The letter states that FBI systems didn't preserve text messages between FBI agent Peter Strzok and FBI lawyer Lisa Page.

"'The Department wants to bring to your attention that the FBI's technical system for retaining text messages sent and received on FBI mobile devices failed to preserve text messages for Mr. Strzok and Ms. Page,' the letter states. Stephen Boyd, the assistant attorney general for legislative affairs, penned the letter.

"Citing 'misconfiguration issues related to rollouts, provisioning, and software upgrades that conflicted with the FBI's collection capabilities,' Boyd explained that 'data that should have been automatically collected and retained for long-term storage and retrieval was not collected.'"

A scandal maybe so enormous it has produced... silence and muted disdain |

British political columnist Melanie Phillips writes:

"Last Thursday, some Republicans in Congress who had seen a secret memo, apparently compiled by House Intelligence Committee chairman Devin Nunes and fellow Republicans on the panel and which involved the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act, (FISA) were so disturbed by what it contained that they called for it to be made public immediately. They were not at liberty to divulge what it said, merely to express their concerns. But the assumption is that it supposedly contains evidence that the Obama administration made illegal use of FISA warrants to spy on both the Trump campaign and transition teams....

"If all this is true, it is one of the greatest political scandals in American history: the corruption by a sitting president of the top tiers of the security and justice establishment to pervert the course of justice to exonerate the Democratic presidential candidate of any crimes while simultaneously trying to frame her opponent; and then a further conspiracy between the Democratic party and administration officials to remove the duly elected President from office through an administrative coup based on a further criminal abuse of process."

The Myth of Aboriginal Exceptionalism - XYZ

"The real victims of all this intellectual dishonesty by the leftist elites are the Aboriginal children who are forced to grow up crushed between a Stone Age culture which has died and a postmodern culture which treats them like ornaments of its own righteousness."

Did the fabled Phoenicians ever actually exist? | The Spectator

"In Search of the Phoenicians explores the links that connected these people, language and religion foremost among them, while emphasising the absence of ties based on nationhood and ethnicity. To the extent that we can gauge how Phoenicians looked at themselves, ties and communities were more based on cities, families and religious practices than on anything else. The cult of the Tyrian god Melqart, for instance, known to Greeks as Herakles, tied together Phoenician settlements throughout the Mediterranean, in addition to the Greek diaspora. The child-sacrifice cult of Baal Hammon (Kronos in Greek, generally Saturn in Latin) seems not to have caught on to the same degree.

"No one called themselves 'Phoenician' in Phoenician, not least because phoenix is a Greek word -- for palm tree. From all the available evidence, the first person to identify himself as Phoenician was the writer Heliodorus from Emesa (in what is today the Syrian city of Homs) in the 4th century."

Andrew Roberts's guide to Churchill on screen | The Spectator

"Still the best depiction of Churchill on a screen is in the eight-part TV series The Wilderness Years (1981), in which Robert Hardy inhabited the part of Churchill to such a degree that it affected everything else he did to a greater or lesser extent. (Can one see something of Churchill in Hardy's depiction of the Minister of Magic in Harry Potter?) Hardy's profound reading about Churchill, and friendship with Sir Martin Gilbert, Churchill's biographer, helped make the series the success it was, and set the standard for everything that followed."

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