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    OBSERVATÓRIO DA UNIVERSIDADE 

INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY EDITION

NOVEMBER 2021

 

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An Academic Struggling With Indifference

Clovis Pereira da Silva

 Prof. Dr. Retired UFPR

 

1. Introduction

 

We are a mathematician, a member of the Brazilian academic community. Mathematics filled our lives in the form of a desire for scientific research and teaching as a professor at Federal University Parana (UFPR). For this mission we were prepared by competent and valuable teachers; in graduation at UFPR, in post graduate studies at UFRJ and at USP. Over the years, we have reflected on the role of mathematics, the role of scientific research and teaching, in our lives and in those of other people, that is, in the lives of Brazilian citizens and also in the mental processes of scientific research. Parallel to this process, we have also dedicated ourselves for decades to the much-needed reflections on the need to reform the Brazilian University, which concerns the Brazilian university system.

 

 

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NIH admits funding risky virus research in Wuhan

 

Emmy Noether a jewish mathematician in Germany between the two world wars

INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY EDITION

OCTOBER 2021

 

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Rise and Fall of the Sleeping Giants Reich

Luis Braga (OBSUNI)

         

The Blitzkrieg 

 

   The Sleeping Giants(1) movement was created by two media professionals in 2016 to fight the Breibart News website, right after the defeat of the Democrats in the US majority elections. The initial objective was expanded to other sites and programs identified with the conservative movement, which had expanded a lot thanks to the field opened by the internet, which made it possible to bypass the dominance of the established media, strongly identified with the Democratic Party and its eco-capitalism theses, globalism, more identity agenda. Presenting itself as an opponent of prejudice and sexism, the movement, then anonymous, chose as a strategy to disseminate and send to advertisers excerpts from the articles published by the sites where its advertising appeared. The repercussion guaranteed by the twitter ® platform and by the support of the media provoked the departure of advertisers from the website Breibart(2). Journalist Tucker Carlson's program on Fox News had the same fate. The method's success has expanded its performance even outside the US. Apparently, promoting a highly decentralized structure, Sleeping Giants branches appeared in Europe and even in Brazil. They reproduced the same procedure by echoing the alleged collusion of advertisers with racist, homophobic or authoritarian practices, and managed to cancel millions of dollars in advertisements around the world on conservative websites. The campaign's success, however, had a double effect, as advertisers began to reject exposure in any media involved in controversies(3). But the way was already prepared for the next step – eliminating pages, sites, conservative profiles. This task was left to someone who has always been behind the scenes - Big Tech -(4) executives or does anyone believe in the romantic version that two professionals and a bunch of volunteers managed to alter the flow of information on the internet? Their companies started to ban websites and profiles considered to be hateful from their platforms – Parler and President Trump himself were some of the victims.

 

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Quantitative assessment of agricultural sustainability reveals divergent priorities among nations

Complicity in the Perversion of Justice: The Role of Lawyers in Eroding the Rule of Law in the Third Reich

 

 

Predatory publishers’ latest scam: bootlegged and rebranded papers

 

 

 

INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY EDITION

SEPTEMBER 2021

 

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Assessing Global Covid-19 Cases Data through Compositional Data Analysis(CoDa)

Luis P.V. Braga1

Dina Feigenbaum 1

 

1 Federal University of Rio de Janeiro

 

Abstract

Background

Covid-19 cases data pose an enormous challenge to any analysis. The evaluation of such a  global pandemic requires matching reports that follow different procedures and even overcoming some countries' censorship that restricts  publications.

 

Methods

 This work proposes a methodology  that could assist future studies. Compositional Data Analysis (CoDa) is proposed as the proper approach as Covid-19 cases data is compositional in nature. Under this methodology, for each country three attributes were selected: cumulative number of deaths (D); cumulative number of recovered patients(R) ; present number of patients (A).

 

Results

 After the operation called closure, with c=1, a ternary diagram and Log-Ratio plots, as well as,  compositional statistics are presented. Cluster analysis is then applied, splitting the countries into discrete groups.

 

Conclusions

 This methodology can also be applied to other data sets such as countries, cities, provinces or districts in order to  help authorities and governmental agencies to improve their actions to fight against a pandemic.

 

Keywords

 

            CoDa, LogRatio, Clusterization, Covid-19, JHU

 

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‘Cancelled’ for Saying ‘China Virus’?

 

 

Parents: Critical Race Theory is divisive and dangerous

 

The tangled history of mRNA vaccines

 

How dangerous is Africa's explosive Lake Kivu?

 

 

INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY EDITION

AUGUST 2021

 

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Schrödinger´s Vote

Luis Braga

There is a great debate in Brazil about the nature of electronic voting machines that are not immune to hacking but do not allow for an unquestionable audit. The article gives several arguments and examples from scientific authorities around the world supporting these concerns.

 

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World University Rankings 2021

 

Animals Count and Use Zero

 

The oldest map of the Holy Land

 

IPCC  Sixth Assessment Report

 

East Asian youth are lying flat

INTERNATIONAL MONTHLY EDITION

JULY 2021

 

Highly Cited Researchers 2020

 

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The Neglect

Clovis Pereira da Silva

 

In the country's federal administration, we highlight two moments that were ignored by public managers, and that could have been used to prepare and execute a university policy plan for Brazil. Plan that, over the years, could undergo updates. In our considerations we will not include the disregard for the subject, on the part of those who instituted the republican regime in Brazil in 1889.

One of the opportunities that was ignored occurred in the 1930s, when the then Minister of Education and Public Health, Mr. Francisco Campos presented to the Head of the Provisional Government of Brazil, the Explanatory Memorandum for his Project on Higher Education Reform, see Official Gazette, April 15, 1931, pp.15.115-15.116.

 

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Covid-19: Fighting the cure (I)

                 Behind the scenes of the most disgusting manipulation of the public health

Luis Braga (OBSUNI)

 

 

Thanks to life, which has given me so much

It has given me the sound and the alphabet

With the words that I think and declare

 

Thanks to life, Violeta Parra

 

Introduction

 

                    I have been working in geostatistics and data mining for over 30 years and since 2007 I coordinate the UNIVERSITY OBSERVATORY Project (OBSUNI)1 whose goal can be summed up in the investigation of why the university does not work, or works so badly in Brazil and not so well elsewhere2. In mid-February we organized a lecture on the pandemic COVID-19 with Dr. Fernando Portela Câmara, which was later unfolded in four videos that can be found on the OBSUNI TV page3 , on the OBSUNI website. Five months later, with around 17 million cases worldwide, around 10 million recovered, 670 thousand dead and the remainder being treated, the most recent pandemic has as its main characteristic the abusive interventions of supranational entities, governments and corporations that seem to point more towards combating cure than promoting it.

 

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DEF CON 27 Voting Machine Hacking Village

Global burden of cancer in 2020 attributable to alcohol consumption: a population-based study

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The parenting penalties faced by scientist mothers