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1: Corrections on links: the pro-Palestine slogan “from the river to the sea” was banned only in Berlin, not all of Germany, and has since been unbanned. And our resident Genealogian critiques the claimed line of descent from Odin to Joe Biden.

2: Nils K, who got an ACX Grant for his study on Bayesian updating and precision weighting, writes:

I’m seeking collaborators who have access to a psychology lab and would be willing to help with the data collection for the study. Necessary resources include a student pool, a lab with a decent PC, and somebody willing to do the actual testing. Collaborators should be willing to test at least ten participants, with 8-12 hours of testing time each. Contributors can be credited as co-authors in the paper. If interested, please reach out to

3: Thanks to everyone who reminded me to go through the moderation backlog. I’ve permabanned Nika Mavrody, ChrisJ, NS, SyxnFxlm, ChickenFriedSteak, Emmanuel Florac, Jazzme, MarkS, Marty Khan, SunSphere, Cohen The Barbarian, Der Durchwanderer, Purpleopolis, Earl D, asciilifeform, Arnold Fare, Morgan Warstler, Joker Catholic, and BankerAtLarge, and temp-banned Artist Tyrant, Beowulf888 ,Russel T Pott for a month each. Please continue to report any comments you think detract from the discussion by clicking the … symbol on the bottom right of the comment, then “Report” on the menu that pops up.

4: Extremely related new rule: all Middle East related discussion on this Open Thread is confined to a Middle East sub-comment-thread here.