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” Why is nobody talking about the fact that the Florida shooting was an anti-Semitic hate crime except for Jews? The school was more than 40% Jewish. The shooter was a part of a white supremacist organization, actively and openly hated Jews more than anyone else, would beat up Jewish kids, etc. The head of the white supremacist organization made a public statement that the organization had nothing to do with the shooting but if he had to guess why Cruz did it, it was because the school was predominantly Jewish. “We’re not a big fan of Jews,“ Republic of Florida Militia leader Jordan Jerub stated in an interview with The Daily Beast. “I think there were a lot of Jews at the school that might have been messing with him.”

It seems like only Jewish news sources are reporting on this and the comments on the articles by non-Jews are sickening. People are saying that "Jews want to be oppressed so badly. He shot up the school because they expelled him, not because he hated Jews.” People are saying we’re “appropriating struggles of people of color” by claiming that he killed Jewish kids because he’s a white supremacist. I’m sorry, why can’t we acknowledge that someone shot up a Jewish school because he was anti-Semitic without it taking away from the struggles of other minorities?

When Jews say we are oppressed, people often respond with “show me real hate crimes against Jews and then we’ll believe you when you say you’re discriminated against,” but then someone who talks about wanting Jews dead shoots up a school that’s mostly Jewish and people still refuse to acknowledge that it’s a real hate crime.

The Jewish community is not a large one. I know people who knew some of those kids, who went to Jewish summer camp with them, whose parents were family friends etc.  Fuck anti-Semites and fuck people who shoot children and fuck people who refuse to acknowledge that people are targeted, assaulted, and even killed for being Jewish on a regular basis. According to the FBI, 1.7% of Americans are Jewish, but last year 54.2% of religiously motivated hate crimes were against Jews and 11.5% of overall hate crimes were against Jews.

If your intersectionality doesn’t include Jews, you’re doing social justice wrong.”

Candy Heart messages written by a neural network

Around Valentine’s Day in the US and UK, these things called candy hearts (or conversation hearts or sweethearts) appear: small and sugary, bearing a simple, short Valentine’s message. There are only room for a few characters, so they read something like “LOVE YOU” or “CALL ME” or “BE MINE”.

I collected all the genuine heart messages I could find, and then gave them to a learning algorithm called a neural network. Given a set of data, a neural network will learn the patterns that let it imitate the original data - although its imitation is sometimes imperfect. The candy heart messages it produced… well, you be the judge.

The neural net did produce some that would pass for - and arguably improve upon - the standard messages.

DEAR ME MY MY LOVE BOT CUTE KISS MY BEAR LOVE BUN

Others were in the same spirit, but perhaps not quite as effective.

YOU A LOVE AM GOOD YOU ARE BABE ME MY <3 YOU ARE IT HEART ME SWEET PEAR COOL CUD FANCY MY HERO

Others were, um, strange. I don’t know what they mean, but some of them might work on me.

ALL HOVER OOG LOVE TEAM BEAR TIME HUG PIN A FACE YOU’RE ME SWOOL MAT BOG LOVE I HONKER HOW COT BEAR WIG FANG BE A GOOL TWEET UP BAT WIRLY OOT I WANDER TIME STAR

These will probably not be one of the standard messages anytime soon.

STANK LOVE SWEAT POO LOVE 2000 HOGSYEA HOLE HOW U HOT YOU ARE BOA CHERT FACE LICK SWEAT PEAR LOO GIN YOU A GOO LOOK BIG YOU ARE BAG U HACK

There was yet another category of message, a category you might be able to predict given the prevalence of four-letter words in the original dataset. The neural network thought of some nice new four-letter words to use. Unfortunately, some of those words already had other meanings. Let’s just say that the overall effect was surprisingly suggestive. Fill out the form here and I’ll send them to you.

Also, if you need more love help from the neural network, check out the pick up lines it wrote.

Heart pictures made using https://cryptogram.com/hearts/

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Back on the patio, watching the bats bring night in (Only Skin)

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The secret service needs that extra money to be able to rent golf carts on the presidential golf course, you see.

Now is a good time to consider donating to charities helping with the relief effort, as they seem to be the only ones interested in actually helping the people of Puerto Rico. If you don’t have the funds, then spread this news around. Don’t let them get away with this.

JANUARY 29, 2018

The Oakland City Council voted unanimously last night to end all cooperation with ICE. Oakland as a result is preparing to see more ICE raids. Please share these numbers and messages in the Alameda County community.

What’s up friends an pals it’s 12 pm and I’m thinking about mozzarella sticks