24 February, 2018

Former slave, two-time Olympian becomes an Airman > Joint Base San Antonio > News

Former slave, two-time Olympian becomes an Airman > Joint Base San Antonio > News: "After enduring countless hardships and overcoming unimaginable obstacles, Airman 1st Class Guor Maker, a dental assistant currently in technical training, found his way out of war-torn South Sudan, Africa and into the U.S. nearly 20 years ago."



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Russian spies hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, U.S. officials say - The Washington Post

Russian spies hacked the Olympics and tried to make it look like North Korea did it, U.S. officials say - The Washington Post: "Analysts surmise the disruption was retaliation against the International Olympic Committee for banning the Russian team from the Winter Games due to doping violations. No officials from Russia’s Olympic federation were allowed to attend, and while some athletes were permitted to compete under the designation “Olympic Athletes from Russia,” they were unable to display the Russian flag on their uniforms and, if they won medals, their country’s anthem was not played.

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The NBA needs to send a no-tolerance message to Mark Cuban, Mavericks

The NBA needs to send a no-tolerance message to Mark Cuban, Mavericks: "Cuban told MacMahon: “It was bad, but we made a mistake about the whole thing and didn’t pursue what happened with the police after the fact. So we got it mostly from Earl’s perspective, and because we didn’t dig in with the details — and obviously it was a horrible mistake in hindsight — we kind of, I don’t want to say took his word for it, but we didn’t see all the gruesome details until just recently.”

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John Oliver: ‘I’m used to audiences not liking me’ | Television & radio | The Guardian

John Oliver: ‘I’m used to audiences not liking me’ | Television & radio | The Guardian: "“I think one of the problems in America is that it has this gigantic military that a large amount of the population has no connection to. You can functionally be at war, as they’ve been in Afghanistan, for over a decade, and not really have any emotional sense that that is happening, because the disconnect is so big.” All that changed, for Oliver, after talking to his wife and her friends, and watching her have very different reactions to the news. “There was this one time that Donald Rumsfeld was on The Daily Show and Jon [Stewart] was interviewing him. And Jon said something like, ‘Yeah but the Iraq war had nothing to do with 9/11’, and Rumsfeld kind of laughed and said, ‘Yeah, of course, of course.’ And I remember feeling my wife sort of sink into herself. And she said, ‘That’s not what they told us.’ And that’s hard. It’s hard to watch someone glibly dismiss an idea that had been actively sold to the people who were about to go and, if not die, then witness death.”

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Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota - The New York Times

Team U.S.A.? More Like Team Minnesota - The New York Times: "That Minnesotans are leading American success in these sports should not be surprising. Minnesota produces more girls and women hockey players than any other state by far, according to U.S.A. Hockey, and the second-most curlers after Wisconsin, per U.S.A. Curling. And Minnesota, with a thriving cross-country community, is one of the few states where Nordic skiing is a varsity sport.

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America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years | FiveThirtyEight

America Loves Curling — Until It Forgets About It For Four Years | FiveThirtyEight: "But for an Olympic darling like the “roaring game,” the flip side of big popularity during the games is waning interest, or generally no interest, in the 206 weeks in between Olympic sessions. According to the same Google Trends data as above, none of the sports we looked at had a bigger drop-off in its average search traffic index between months with the Winter Olympics and those without them.

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The story of John Shuster and the underdog U.S. men’s curling team would make a great movie.

The story of John Shuster and the underdog U.S. men’s curling team would make a great movie.: "There’s a great, crowd-pleasing movie to be made about the 2018 U.S. men’s Olympics curling team. Their story conforms to every slobs-vs.-snobs cinematic underdog narrative you’ve ever seen. The unheralded group of USA Curling castoffs, led by skip John Shuster, had to struggle against long odds to even make it to the Olympics. In Pyeongchang, they’ve dispatched one more-heralded team after another. After beating the fearsome Canadian squad on Thursday, the Americans have made it to the gold medal match for the first time ever. They are the Bad News Bears with brooms.

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23 February, 2018

Skiing or Snowboarding? Ester Ledecka Chose Both - The New York Times

Skiing or Snowboarding? Ester Ledecka Chose Both - The New York Times: "Now Ledecka plans to plunge into a much bigger fishbowl by becoming the first athlete to compete in both sports at the Olympics.

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Rhamni comments on TIL Harriet Tubman, in addition to organizing the Underground Railroad, served with the U.S. Army as a scout, spy, nurse and soldier during the Civil War, leading a raid with the African-American 2nd South Carolina regiment that freed over 700 slaves.

Rhamni comments on TIL Harriet Tubman, in addition to organizing the Underground Railroad, served with the U.S. Army as a scout, spy, nurse and soldier during the Civil War, leading a raid with the African-American 2nd South Carolina regiment that freed over 700 slaves.: "Take the Peloponnesian war between Athens and Sparta. In a war with two sides (and a lot of unwilling allies with little choice), Alcibiades managed to become a quadruple traitor. Like how do you even do that? He's my favourite character in all of history."



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Father and daughter: Surviving a 6-year battle with an eating disorder - CNN

Father and daughter: Surviving a 6-year battle with an eating disorder - CNN:

I'll never forget the words that changed my life, the words that changed the perspective I had of myself.
The words that led to a six-year struggle with anorexia and depression: A friend said to me, "I finally got the abs I've always wanted, and look at you with all that belly fat."
The word "fat" was punctuated by the same person pinching my stomach trying to show me just how "fat" I was. I was too bewildered to respond. It threw me for a loop.
I was never an overweight child. I was a fit, somewhat muscular and thin 15-year-old at the time. I practically lived outside, either on my bike or the back of a horse.
My mom always kept healthy food in the house and cooked every night, but we still ate a reasonable amount of dessert. She never uttered the words, "I'm going on a diet." Instead, she said, "Everything in moderation."
My dad routinely worked out, showing my brother and me the importance of physical fitness. When we were young he used to take us in the jogging stroller or out on bike rides, and those are some of my fondest memories. Dad also encouraged us to play sports; it didn't matter which ones, but he understood the value of them.
Unfortunately, growing up in an environment that emphasized a healthy well-being was no match for the comment. It completely changed my life.


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Figure Skating: Alina Zagitova Wins Russia’s First Gold Medal - The New York Times

Figure Skating: Alina Zagitova Wins Russia’s First Gold Medal - The New York Times: "Zagitova became the second-youngest women’s skater to win Olympic gold with a program of shrewd design, remarkable stamina, precise jumping and youthful certainty. What she lacked in the full elegance that comes with maturity, Zagitova compensated for with a keen understanding of skating’s current rules.

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AnathemaMaranatha comments on Military Honors for School Shooting Victim

AnathemaMaranatha comments on Military Honors for School Shooting Victim: "I may be wrong about that. I know it. Just talking about such things sounds jingoistic to me, bunch of chest pounding and man-ape noises about "honor" and "duty" and "heroism." I feel it needs to be said, and I apologize for saying it so badly. But these things - honor, duty, heroism, courage - are real to me. They are real. I have stood in their shadow. I associate them with military service,

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the involuntary admission barrier to care – Fredrik deBoer

the involuntary admission barrier to care – Fredrik deBoer: "But the final event that drove me to seek emergency care was that I had accused a friend of hacking into my bank account and threatened to harm them in revenge. That they didn’t have me arrested was an act of mercy. When I got to the hospital, I knew that if I revealed that I had threatened physical harm to someone, I would be at risk of a 9.13(b), New York’s involuntary admissions policy. Most other states, I believe, have similar laws. I could not risk the disruption to my life, and the total loss of control, a 72 hour stay would entail. And since I was not willing to divulge that detail, which would have made my crisis clear, the psychiatrist who treated me would not allow me a voluntary admission and I was left to pursue outpatient care. This is the lacuna into which you may find yourself when you have a psychiatric crisis: how to receive appropriately urgent care without losing control of your life."



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Do you live in a bubble? A quiz | PBS NewsHour

Do you live in a bubble? A quiz | PBS NewsHour: "Do you live in a bubble?

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What I learned in two years of moving government forms online

What I learned in two years of moving government forms online: "Flexible credit card processing — As I mentioned, 86 forms require some form of payment. To move those online requires an easy way to set up new transactions. I’ve learned over the last year that credit card processing is secretly the hardest part of any online enterprise. Legacy credit card processors have a lot of built-in advantage, but don’t have the flexibility most governments need to add services.
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21 February, 2018

‘Extralife’ by Darlingside Review: Folk Meets A Cappella - WSJ

‘Extralife’ by Darlingside Review: Folk Meets A Cappella - WSJ:



With “Extralife,” Darlingside leaps ahead of where it had been on earlier works like its 2015 album, “Birds Say.” The voices remain as strong as ever while the arrangements are more adventurous, blurring the lines between genres and giving the group access to several audiences. When I mentioned to Messrs. Mukharji and Paseltiner that I couldn’t quite figure out where they fit in the contemporary rock-and-pop landscape, they conceded, in unison, that they couldn’t either. Neither musician seemed particularly troubled by the thought.



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Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents - The New York Times

Billy Graham, 99, Dies; Pastor Filled Stadiums and Counseled Presidents - The New York Times: "Albin Krebs, a Times obituary writer who died in 2002, contributed reporting.

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20 February, 2018

Why is the Manhattan DA Looking at Newsweek’s Ties to a Christian University?

Why is the Manhattan DA Looking at Newsweek’s Ties to a Christian University?: "Note from the Editors: As we were reporting this story, Newsweek Media Group fired Newsweek Editor Bob Roe, Executive Editor Ken Li and Senior Politics Reporter Celeste Katz for doing their jobs. Reporters Josh Keefe and Josh Saul were targeted for firing before an editor persuaded the company to reverse its decision. As we continued working on the story, we were asked to take part in a review process which, we ultimately learned, involved egregious breaches of confidentiality and journalism ethics. We believe that subjects of the story were shown parts of the draft, if not the entire piece, prior to publication by a company executive who should not have been involved in the process. At an on-the-record interview with the subjects of this story, a company official asked editors to identify confidential sources. On-the-record sources were contacted and questioned about their discussions with Newsweek Media Group reporters. We resisted their efforts to influence the story and, after learning of the review’s ethical failings, the reporters and editors involved in this story felt they would be forced to resign. At that point, a senior Newsweek Media Group executive said the company's owners would ensure independent review and newsroom autonomy going forward. This story was written and edited Tuesday, free of interference from company executives.

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19 February, 2018

The 22nd-Largest Team at the Olympics: Zamboni Drivers - The New York Times

The 22nd-Largest Team at the Olympics: Zamboni Drivers - The New York Times: "GANGNEUNG, South Korea — The Winter Olympics are a global competition, with athletes representing 92 countries. But one event is dominated by Americans and Canadians like no other: Zamboni driving.

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American Airlines agent saves teens from suspected human trafficking plot :: WRAL.com

American Airlines agent saves teens from suspected human trafficking plot :: WRAL.com: "When sheriffs deputies arrived, the girls, 15 and 17, told them they met a man called "Drey" on Instagram amd he invited them to New York for the weekend to earn $2,000 for some modeling in music videos.They had told their parents they were spending the night at each others' homes.

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18 February, 2018

Flu vaccine might have saved my toddler. - The Washington Post

Flu vaccine might have saved my toddler. - The Washington Post: "Is it likely the flu vaccine saved my son’s life? Could it have saved Joseph’s? It’s impossible to know, but research does offer some clues. In recent flu seasons, 4 in 5 children who died of the flu hadn’t been vaccinated — and that’s almost certainly not a coincidence. Research shows vaccination helps reduce the risk of healthy children dying from the flu by two-thirds. While the best time to get the vaccine is in September or October before flu season begins in earnest, public health and medical experts continue to stress it’s not too late to get a flu shot.

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17 February, 2018

(1) Justin Bieber - Fast Car (Tracy Chapman cover) in the Live Lounge - YouTube

(1) Justin Bieber - Fast Car (Tracy Chapman cover) in the Live Lounge - YouTube: "Justin Bieber performs a cover of Fast Car by Tracy Chapman in the Live Lounge
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The Names and Faces of the Florida School Shooting Victims - The New York Times

The Names and Faces of the Florida School Shooting Victims - The New York Times: "So he was seen as someone who looked out for students who got in trouble, those who were struggling, those without fathers at home. “They said he was like another father,” Mr. Feis’s grandfather, Raymond, recalled. “He’d go out of his way to help anybody.”

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Drunk on genocide: how the Nazis celebrated murdering Jews | Aeon Ideas

Drunk on genocide: how the Nazis celebrated murdering Jews | Aeon Ideas: "While intoxication was not a prerequisite for genocide, it is clear that alcohol and drinking rituals were an important element in the celebration of genocidal massacre in the Nazi East – whether taken in shots from a table laden with smoked sausage and vodka, swilled from a bottle at the edge of a ditch, or consumed in post-execution beer parties. The SS man celebrating his 1,000th killing was not only intoxicated at his party, but in a real sense drunk with the act of murder itself.

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Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? It’s Now Undeniable | WIRED

Did Russia Affect the 2016 Election? It’s Now Undeniable | WIRED: "The Russian efforts described in the indictment focused on establishing deep, authenticated, long-term identities for individuals and groups within specific communities. This was underlaid by the establishment of servers and VPNs based in the US to mask the location of the individuals involved. US-based email accounts linked to fake or stolen US identity documents (driver licenses, social security numbers, and more) were used to back the online identities. These identities were also used to launder payments through PayPal and cryptocurrency accounts. All of this deception was designed to make it appear that these activities were being carried out by Americans.

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