26 February, 2017

The insane end of the Oscars sent a false message about racial progress - The Washington Post

The insane end of the Oscars sent a false message about racial progress - The Washington Post: "I hate that the contest between “Moonlight” and “La La Land,” which was framed as a litmus test about race and the entertainment industry, ended in confusion and a reversal that emphasized the sense that they were locked in a zero-sum contest, and that for “Moonlight” to win, “La La Land” not merely had to lose, but to be defeated.



 The truth is that both “Moonlight” and “La La Land” are highly moving, original works, and they went toe-to-toe during the ceremony, with “Moonlight” picking up three awards to “La La Land’s” five. Both movies produced a winner of an acting award. Both Jenkins, 37, and “La La Land” director Damien Chazelle, 32, are young directors of tremendous vision who are going to compete for Academy Awards again, maybe even against each other. Let’s hope the next time they do, they aren’t pitted against each other in a way that mirrors an ugly idea about racial progress that is ascendant in our politics: that the only way for members of one community to advance is at the expense of another. The Oscars ended in a painful way, but the wins “Moonlight” and “La La Land” racked up throughout the evening means we’ll be getting outstanding movies from both Jenkins and Chazelle for years to come. That’s good for moviegoers, and good for America."



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25 February, 2017

This Homeless Man Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive - BuzzFeed News

This Homeless Man Stopped Thousands Of People Becoming HIV-Positive - BuzzFeed News: "Owen echoes this. “It’s amazing,” he says. “To make my HIV status count, and to fight back. It was really taxing and it cost me a lot personally – I don’t know how I didn’t break. I look back, the past 18 months, and think, Wow. I did the best I could do. Life went to shit, the failed suicide attempt, and I couldn’t figure out what I’d done wrong and now I think, if I hadn’t taken so much interest in HIV, I wouldn’t have been as dedicated to wanting to rectify that and even up the score. I look at all those things and think,‘OK, right, now it makes sense.”
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Own, Apologize, Repair: Coming Back to Integrity | Dating Tips for the Feminist Man

Own, Apologize, Repair: Coming Back to Integrity | Dating Tips for the Feminist Man: "For some, empathy may take effort, focus, or concentration. True empathy is not theoretical or abstract, it is a physiological relating with other human beings, stepping fully and deeply into experiences that are different from yours. If you find that empathy takes focus, then accept that you may have to cultivate this capacity within yourself, and do not lay this responsibility at the feet of anyone else. You can own that your empathic capacity is currently still limited, and develop a daily practice of expanding it in demonstrable ways as part of being accountable to those you have harmed.

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Andrea Park Survived a Traumatic Brain Injury—And Discovered a New Kind of Normal | Glamour

Andrea Park Survived a Traumatic Brain Injury—And Discovered a New Kind of Normal | Glamour:

Before my accident, I had always thought that happiness stemmed from achievements, but seeing all of my friends at my talk reminded me that what I already had was enough.
One recent evening, I took my dog for a walk in the rain and spotted a white rosebush behind my apartment building. The drops of water on its petals made it glisten in the moonlight. I felt like the luckiest person in the world to witness such beauty.


I would never want to experience my accident a second time, but the truth is that it gave me a gift: the ability to draw thrills from the mundane, and—even more important—to be happy with what I have.


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truemcgoo comments on Lego House

truemcgoo comments on Lego House: "I'm a residential carpenter/builder, I run a framing crew. This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. This is so inferior to standard framing that I am mildly furious that it exists.
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23 February, 2017

Leicester’s Soccer Fairy Tale Turns to Dust - The New York Times

Leicester’s Soccer Fairy Tale Turns to Dust - The New York Times: "With Ranieri’s departure, though, the reverie evaporates, and reality sets in. It was not a fantasy, of course, even if it feels like one, now more than ever. It did actually happen. But that only adds to the sadness, knowing that fantasies do not last, that sometimes, fantasies end like this, the cold, bleak sunlight pouring in.

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Many of the pioneers in the field of Computing were women. How did the field of Computer Science get so heavily male dominated? Also, why did the proportion of women graduates in CS decline in the US starting from 1980? : AskHistorians

Many of the pioneers in the field of Computing were women. How did the field of Computer Science get so heavily male dominated? Also, why did the proportion of women graduates in CS decline in the US starting from 1980? : AskHistorians:


Before the 1980s, it was common for incoming college freshmen to join computer science courses without ever having used a computer. If they had, it might have been a school computer; but when schools are getting computer clubs it's also around the time of Title IX so schools aren't supposed to bar girls from computer club or computer usage. So there was no big "reason" for girls to not take CS courses; everyone theoretically started on a level playing field.
But the rise of the personal computer changed that. Margolis interviewed incoming college women and found that they had much less access to personal computers than their male classmates had. Parents were less likely to buy computers for their daughters than they were for their sons, even when the daughters were just as interested in computing as comparable boys. Or there would be a "family computer", but it lived in their brother's bedroom.
It was around this time that college professors started expecting students to have computer experience before they ever took Comp Sci 101. After all, the new personal computer was granting people more and more access than ever before! Unfortunately, that access was not evenly distributed to young women, and they started off their college careers with less real experience and less confidence than their male peers.


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I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days - The Atlantic

I Was a Muslim in the Trump White House—and I Lasted Eight Days - The Atlantic: "The climate in 2016 felt like it did just after 9/11. What made it worse was that this fear and hatred were being fueled by Americans in positions of power. Fifth-grade students at a local Sunday school where I volunteered shared stories of being bullied by classmates and teachers, feeling like they didn’t belong here anymore, and asked if they might get kicked out of this country if Trump won. I was almost hit by a car by a white man laughing as he drove by in a Costco parking lot, and on another occasion was followed out of the metro by a man screaming profanities: “Fuck you! Fuck Islam! Trump will send you back!”  

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6 Surprising Things You Learn In The Alt-Right Media Bubble

6 Surprising Things You Learn In The Alt-Right Media Bubble: "So imagine all of the Western democracies as that hypothetical kid from earlier, the one who's experimenting with white supremacy and liking how it makes him feel. If we can figure out how to save that kid, we can save the world.

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22 February, 2017

FluxxxCapacitard comments on I am Judge Frank Caprio from Caught in Providence AMA!

FluxxxCapacitard comments on I am Judge Frank Caprio from Caught in Providence AMA!:

Everyone that had a role in a launch knew exactly what the implications of such actions were, and the seriousness associated with them. Not that anyone on a Ohio class ever actually did their intended job, or we wouldn't be having this conversation. Some of us fired test shots off Cape Canaveral. But that's it.
We joked. We kidded where we could to pass time and blow off steam. But when push came to shove, we knew how to do our job.
We also knew if we ever did our job, we wouldn't have anywhere to come home to. Old or young. There were no cowboys or gung-ho war-mongers. Mostly just family men. Husbands. Sons. We knew full well if we ever launched our wad, everyone we knew and loved wouldn't be there when and if we surfaced.
Having the keys that end the world, spending 3-5 months at sea waiting for the orders to do so, not something to be trifled with.


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On the Desecration of an American Jewish Cemetery – Medium

On the Desecration of an American Jewish Cemetery – Medium: "But this is not normal. This. Is. Not. Normal. Do not be complacent about your personal safety and the security of Jewish institutions. What we have built is priceless and deserves the peace that any other religious institution deserves. Try your best to be outraged every time someone threatens the lives of our little children. Allow yourself to feel sick for the parents and families who are terrorized. It’s cruel and evil. Please, don’t be like me. Don’t shrug and laugh like it’s a goof. It’s not a goof. You are entitled to be outraged. You are precious. Our babies our priceless. Our Torahs are beautiful. Our cemeteries are sacred. Anyone who tries to minimize your trauma or horror over these events or the anti-Semitism you laugh off every single day (and I know that you do) — ignore them, or if you have the strength educate them.
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20 February, 2017

‘Fast-forward spring’: America’s February warmth is extreme, and it’s just getting started - The Washington Post

‘Fast-forward spring’: America’s February warmth is extreme, and it’s just getting started - The Washington Post:

You could call the Groundhog’s Feb. 2 declaration of six more weeks of winter fake news or alternative facts. Since Punxsutawney Phil’s pronouncement, spring-like weather has overtaken much of the nation. And some of the month’s warmest weather with respect to normal is yet to come.
So far this month, the temperature has averaged more than five degrees above normal over the Lower 48 — with the warmest temperatures with respect to normal centered over Texas.
“I keep rubbing my eyes and wondering when I am going to wake up from this fast-forward spring,” writes meteorologist Paul Douglas for the Star Tribune. “Weather maps continue to keep looking like March this week with hints of April this weekend. Unreal.”


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Lin-Manuel Miranda on His Lifelong Oscars Obsession and Why the Show Still Matters (Guest Column) | Hollywood Reporter

Lin-Manuel Miranda on His Lifelong Oscars Obsession and Why the Show Still Matters (Guest Column) | Hollywood Reporter: "I don't think of it as the be-all and end-all — I think of it as a collection of moments. It's a glimpse behind the scenes of Hollywood and a glimpse of actors and filmmakers being themselves in a very unguarded, public moment. It's Sally Field saying, "You really like me." Or it's Denzel Washington winning the best actor Oscar on the same night that Sidney Poitier got the lifetime achievement award and saying, "Forty years I've been chasing Sidney, they finally give it to me. What do they do — they give it to him the same night." Which was the great line of the night that year. It's a chance of seeing artists being themselves and not hiding behind a role."



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North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers. Only 7 Americans stuck it out. - The Washington Post

North Carolina needed 6,500 farm workers. Only 7 Americans stuck it out. - The Washington Post: "It's not so clear that's the case here. For one thing, Clemens looks at a labor market where employers are only using legal labor, which under the H-2A regulations means they have to pay the same wage to native and non-native laborers (a wage set by the government, according to the type of work and the geographic area where it's being done), and thus can't benefit from paying lower wages to migrant workers. If even under that standard, Americans aren't applying for the jobs, even when they have automatic preference over foreign workers, that tells you Americans are really avoiding them.

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The Real Crisis in Education | Angels And Superheroes

The Real Crisis in Education | Angels And Superheroes: "United States’ schools with fewer than 10% of students living in poverty score higher than any country in the world. Schools with student poverty rates that are less than 24.9% rank 3rd in the world, and schools with poverty rates ranging from 25% to 49.9% rank 10th in the world. However, schools with 50% to 74.9% poverty rates rank much lower – fifth from the bottom. Tragically, schools with 75% or higher poverty rates rank lower in reading scores than any country except Mexico.[3]

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Dreaming small: how America lost its taste for risk

Dreaming small: how America lost its taste for risk: "In most other ways, Cowen’s thesis is deeply troubling. Democracy requires growth to survive. It must also give space to society’s eccentrics and misfits. When Alexis de Tocqueville warned about the tyranny of the majority, it was not kingly despotism that he feared but conformism. America would turn into a place where people “wear themselves out in trivial, lonely, futile activity”, the Frenchman predicted. This modern tyranny would “degrade men rather than torment them”. Cowen does a marvellous job of turning his Tocquevillian eye to today’s America. His book is captivating precisely because it roves beyond the confines of his discipline. In Cowen’s world, the future is not what it used to be. Let us hope he is wrong. The less complacent we are, the likelier we are to disprove him.

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"I had to:" Man explains "honor" killing sister in Pakistan - CBS News

"I had to:" Man explains "honor" killing sister in Pakistan - CBS News:

Rajhu discovered that his sister had defied the family and married the Christian. For six days he paced. His rage grew. How could she?
He watched her laughing on the phone, ignoring their mother’s pleas to leave the man.
On the seventh day, he retrieved the pistol from where he had hidden it and walked up to his sister and with one bullet to the head, he killed her.


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15 February, 2017

Monopolies Are Worse Than We Thought - Bloomberg View

Monopolies Are Worse Than We Thought - Bloomberg View: "That leaves technological explanations. A recent paper by David Autor, David Dorn, Lawrence Katz, Christina Patterson and John van Reenen speculates that tech might have enabled the rise of a few “superstar” companies in each industry. The fact that leaders in more concentrated industries also tend to have higher productivity supports this hypothesis. Technology might have simply changed the nature of markets so that the winners take most of the profits.

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Georgia wins major victory in multi-state water wars | WSB-TV

Georgia wins major victory in multi-state water wars | WSB-TV: "Georgia won a major victory on Tuesday in a costly and long-running legal dispute with Florida over control of water resources.

A special master appointed by the U.S. Supreme Court decided Florida failed to prove that new limits on Georgia’s water consumption were needed after five weeks of hearing testimony in the case.

“Florida has failed to show that a consumption cap will afford adequate relief,” wrote Ralph Lancaster Jr., the special master appointed to the case."



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14 February, 2017

Senate easily confirms Trump pick of Shulkin as VA secretary - ABC News

Senate easily confirms Trump pick of Shulkin as VA secretary - ABC News: "Senators voted 100-0 to approve the former Obama administration official, who was the VA's top health official since 2015, in a rare show of bipartisanship amid partisan rancor over Trump's other nominees. Shulkin secured the backing of Senate Democrats after pledging at his confirmation hearing to always protect veterans' interests, even if it meant disagreeing at times with Trump.

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FallenKnightGX comments on 'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump'

FallenKnightGX comments on 'Every Racist I Know Voted for Donald Trump': "In that clip, the intro of the segment is pure condescension toward any issue a white person may be facing, is oversimplified by saying they had privilege in the past, and implies any suffering in this day and age is whining (which they then use a white, spoiled rotten, nobody celebrity to prove their point with). This effectively ignores all the real issues white people face (economic issues for one) and turns away people from wanting to help / make things better. It also ignores the fact that many people in their mid-30s / 40s had known only a growing movement for equality their entire life and tried to make it a better world themselves. To alienate these people's struggles was a poor idea and to them it was on par of a betrayal.
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White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website

White House posts wrong versions of Trump's orders on its website: "A USA TODAY review of presidential documents found at least five cases where the version posted on the White House website doesn't match the official version sent to the Federal Register. The differences include minor grammatical changes, missing words and paragraph renumbering — but also two cases where the original text referred to inaccurate or non-existent provisions of law.

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Why check-cashing stores are a good deal, according to a UPenn professor - Business Insider

Why check-cashing stores are a good deal, according to a UPenn professor - Business Insider: "Not all check cashers are the same, but the perception of the industry as seedy doesn't jibe with Servon's experience. And contrary to the views of the financial elite, customers' use of check cashers typically didn't seem naive or poorly thought out, but rather the smartest decision they could make given their circumstances, according to Servon.

"It showed me that those decisions are often rational, logical decisions, even if they're expensive," Servon said."



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