25 September, 2017

The large parts of America left behind by today's economy - Axios

The large parts of America left behind by today's economy - Axios:

  • New jobs are clustered in the economy's best-off places, leaving one of every four new jobs for the bottom 60 percent of zip codes.
  • 57% of the national rise in business establishments and 52% of employment growth from 2011-2015 were in prosperous areas.
  • Most of today's distressed communities have seen zero net gains in employment and business establishment since 2000. In fact, more than half have seen net losses on both fronts.
  • Half of adults living in distressed zip codes are attempting to find gainful employment in the modern economy armed with only a high school education at best.
  • The healthier the economy, the healthier the person: People in distressed communities die five years earlier.


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2017 Distressed Communities Index - Economic Innovation Group

2017 Distressed Communities Index - Economic Innovation Group: "As you’ll see below, the U.S. economy contains a diverse and fragmented landscape of economic well-being—one in which many communities are flourishing, while far too many are left behind.
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24 September, 2017

A Black Physician Pulled a 26-hour Shift Helping People and Saving Lives. But On His Way To His Car This Happened.

A Black Physician Pulled a 26-hour Shift Helping People and Saving Lives. But On His Way To His Car This Happened.:

But instead, I walked to my car. The man called me the N-word about five more times, laughing so hard I thought it was certain he would lose consciousness.
I sat behind the wheel for a very long time, maybe ten minutes, processing. I was angry at the man, but also at the people that didn’t say anything. I was angry at myself for not saying anything.
Sometimes, I just feel alone. Who I am, simply the color of my skin, makes me the target of hate from people that I will never even know. I truly try to love and understand everyone, so when one person returns that with malice and ill-will, it’s a lot to take in.


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Imposter Syndrome - 22 years and still faking it. - The Geek Speaks

Imposter Syndrome - 22 years and still faking it. - The Geek Speaks: "One of the main reasons I wanted to speak about imposter syndrome, is that over the years when I spoke to technologists new and old across all industries and events, and I was often told the same thing; but you can’t have imposter syndrome. I have been struggling with imposter syndrome since before I left college, I was a computer science major who was sure he wasn’t smart enough to become a programmer. In the last few years as I have pivoted to more management and mentoring in my jobs and the technology communities of which I am a member, apparently age, longevity and sounding confident have convinced folks I knew what I was talking about. The one person that I failed to impress was me, I can always find a way to question my skills and qualifications.

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23 September, 2017

A Michigan woman chose to die so she could give birth. Now her newborn is dead, too. – The Denver Post

A Michigan woman chose to die so she could give birth. Now her newborn is dead, too. – The Denver Post: "“She gave up her life for the baby,” he said, adding later: “I just want people to know that my wife loved the Lord. She loved her kids. She put anybody in front of her needs. . . . She put my daughter above herself.”

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Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House | Vanity Fair

Why the Scariest Nuclear Threat May Be Coming from Inside the White House | Vanity Fair: "There is another way to think of John MacWilliams’s fifth risk: the risk a society runs when it falls into the habit of responding to long-term risks with short-term solutions. Program management is not just program management. Program management is all the “less detectable, systemic risks.” Some of the things any incoming president should worry about are fast-moving: natural disasters, terrorist attacks. But most are not. Most are like bombs with very long fuses that, in the distant future, when the fuse reaches the bomb, might or might not explode. It is delaying repairs to a tunnel filled with lethal waste until, one day, it collapses. It is the aging workforce of the D.O.E.—which is no longer attracting young people as it once did—that one day loses track of a nuclear bomb. It is the ceding of technical and scientific leadership to China. It is the innovation that never occurs, and the knowledge that is never created, because you have ceased to lay the groundwork for it. It is what you never learned that might have saved you.

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22 September, 2017

InsurmountableLosses comments on [WP] The four horsemen: Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death are the harbingers of the apocalypse, serving forth chaos and destruction on all humanity. The Bible forgot to mention the fifth horseman: Kyle, whom the other four can't seem to ditch.

InsurmountableLosses comments on [WP] The four horsemen: Pestilence, War, Famine, and Death are the harbingers of the apocalypse, serving forth chaos and destruction on all humanity. The Bible forgot to mention the fifth horseman: Kyle, whom the other four can't seem to ditch.:

Humans defeated disease with miracle cures. Now some fear that those cures are harmful to them. Let them face Pestilence's wrath.
Humans defeated Famine through piling resources and modifying crop. Now they hoard but never give. They let their breathren starve. Now they feel that excess of food is sin. They willing starve themselves of their source of strength to meet society's whims. Let them suffer by Famine's hand.
Humans defeated War through tolerance, diplomacy and restraint. Now they turn intolerant and unleash violence against those not of their own group. They justify their "Holy Wars" with the blood of innocents. Violence begets violence, vengeance for innocent blood spilled is carried out by the sword. Let them spiral down to oblivion, guided by War.
Narrow are the minds of humans. They do not think before they act. They believe what they want to believe and ignore what they don't.
I am Ignorance. Until mankind is capable of defeating me, they can never truly destroy the Horsemen.


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trivialdeliquent comments on Racist church shooter can't fire Jewish and Indian lawyers

trivialdeliquent comments on Racist church shooter can't fire Jewish and Indian lawyers:

The most powerful part of the Charleston Mother Emanuel Massacre was that the victim’s families forgave Dylan Roof during his bond hearing in the days after the shooting. They stood in the magistrate’s courtroom and forgave him. It was the damndest thing. In doing so, they took all of Roof’s power away when they chose not to let him haunt them. They chose to love him instead of letting his hate affect them. After that, he was just a disturbed little boy. That was the miracle.



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AMERICAN THEATRE | The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2017-18 Season

AMERICAN THEATRE | The Top 20 Most-Produced Playwrights of the 2017-18 Season:

For the third year in a row, Lauren Gunderson is on our Top 20 list. Last season she was No. 2, behind August Wilson. Now she’s leapt to No. 1, despite having only two major New York City stagings (and no plays in wide circulation this season). It’s Gunderson’s America; we just live in it. “This is a breathtaking landmark for me, because it is a testament to long-standing friendships and creative partnerships throughout our diverse and inspiring national theatre community,” said Gunderson. “I hope this is another encouraging and motivating moment for women in theatre as well. Stories by and about women can and must be produced across the country to complete the deep generational narrative that our art form so uniquely puts forth. Stories by and about women aren’t just for women but for all of us.”



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Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me | Christianity Today

Benny Hinn Is My Uncle, but Prosperity Preaching Isn’t for Me | Christianity Today: "Other doubts would surface. What about unsuccessful healing attempts? I learned that it was the sick person’s fault for doubting God. Why would we speak in tongues without interpretation? “Don’t quench the Spirit,” I was told. “He can do what he wants.” Why did many of our prophecies contradict the Bible? “Don’t put God in a box.” Despite the questions, I trusted my family because we were so successful. Tens of thousands of people followed us, millions packed stadiums annually to hear my uncle. We healed the sick, performed miracles, rubbed elbows with celebrities, and got incredibly wealthy. God must be on our side!

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21 September, 2017

brain injury is awful

I_POOP_IN_MY_MOUTH comments on TIL 550 motorcyclists participated in a ride to protest New York State's mandatory helmet law. During the ride, One of the rider's breaks failed and was sent over the handlebars and hit his head on the pavement, killing him. Medical experts said he would have survived if he had worn his helmet.: "I didn't understand what a brain injury means until she started working with those affected and it's awful. It's not a normal injury where you might have to deal with some physical impairment for the rest of your life that you can sort of manage. A TBI can/will change you on a much deeper level. Your personality will likely be radically different. You might have random bouts of anger and frustration and won't really know why. You might have trouble forming new memories and can only live in the present, forgetting people you've met and places you've been. You may not be able to read and if you can it will be really difficult. You might feel lost and confused in new environments. You won't be able to navigate your local Walmart because you'll be lost and have to wait for someone to find you. Since the injury isn't visible people won't understand that you have a disability and treat you poorly. You might lose your peripheral vision and forever feel claustrophobic. Your body might lose the ability to self-regulate temperature so you will constantly be too hot or too cold. You will probably lose most of your personal relationships because people don't understand why you seem to be a completely different person. Be prepared to say goodbye to getting married if you're single or say goodbye to your wife/husband if you aren't cause they won't recognize you anymore, you are a completely different person. There are a lot more possible issues and TBI's have an extremely broad range of effects that are completely unpredictable but these are some of the most common ones I saw. And none of that touches on any of the physical aspects of a TBI that may leave you partially paralyzed, not because you broke your spine but because your brain cant communicate with parts of your body."



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Studies help explain link between autism, severe infection during pregnancy | MIT News

Studies help explain link between autism, severe infection during pregnancy | MIT News: "The researchers found that the patches are most common in a part of the brain known as S1DZ. Part of the somatosensory cortex, this region is believed to be responsible for proprioception, or sensing where the body is in space. In these patches, populations of cells called interneurons, which express a protein called parvalbumin, are reduced. Interneurons are responsible for controlling the balance of excitation and inhibition in the brain, and the researchers found that the changes they found in the cortical patches were associated with overexcitement in S1DZ.
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Was George Washington actually a good general? : AskHistorians

Was George Washington actually a good general? : AskHistorians:

He was undoubtedly a skilled commander, but his true skill was in reliably keeping the army together through every hardship possible for an 18th century army. It was his ability to embody the virtues he sought to instill in his men and to turn even the most bookish concerns into a stage for which to perform his role as commander in chief.
This kind of leadership was echoed and regurgitated throughout the period by men of similar charms, and attempted by men without the kind of blunt charisma that Washington had possessed. Washington was the kind of guy that, even when he underwent severe personal criticism, was able to shut it down and focus on the task at hand.
So yes, he was a terrific general. He proved it at every moment of crisis suffered by the continental army during the war, and at every challenge to his authority.


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GTFErinyes comments on CMV: The military budget of the US is unnecessarily large, and the militaristic goals of the US can be achieved with less funding

GTFErinyes comments on CMV: The military budget of the US is unnecessarily large, and the militaristic goals of the US can be achieved with less funding:

The US is the only Western nation with the demographics (population size and age), political will, technological capacity, and economic ability to challenge a surging China or resurgent Russia (which inherited the might of the Soviet Union to build off of) on the world stage.
How many Americans would change their tone on military spending if China or Russia were calling the shots on world issues? On spreading their views on governance or human rights? Or if the balance of power shifted so much that more nations decided it was time for them to get nuclear weapons too (imagine Saudi Arabia getting nukes...)?
Out of those top 3 nations, I can damn well tell you who we want to be the clear #1.



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20 September, 2017

War : pics

War : pics: "“War is young men dying and old men talking”
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19 September, 2017

Type Writing: An Interview with Jim Shepard

Type Writing: An Interview with Jim Shepard: "A Western hero embodies all sorts of fundamental paradoxes without giving it a second thought, right? Like, I’m fundamentally antisocial, but I guess I’m here to defend community. Or, I really don’t want to employ violence, but violence is pretty much my only tool. And maybe ever more worrisomely, he models a way of being in the world, a way of acting, that’s all about refusing to think about why you’re doing what you’re doing.

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