21 July, 2017

A hacker stole $31M of Ether—how it happened and what it means for Ethereum

A hacker stole $31M of Ether—how it happened and what it means for Ethereum:

The problem is, blockchain programming is fundamentally different from web development.
Let me explain.
Before the age of the client-server web model, most programming was done for packaged consumer software or on embedded systems. This was before the day of automatic software updates. In these programs, a shipped product was final—you released one form of your software every 6 months, and if there was a bug, that bug would have to stand until the next release. Because of this longer development cycle, all software releases were rigorously tested under all conceivable circumstances.
Web development is far more forgiving. When you push bad code to a web server, it's not a big deal if there's a critical mistake—you can just roll back the code, or roll forward with a fix, and all is well because you control the server. Or if the worst happens and there's an active breach or a data leak, you can always stop the bleeding by shutting off your servers and disconnecting yourself from the network.
These two development models are fundamentally different. It's only out of something like web development that you can get the motto "move fast and break things."
Most programmers today are trained on the web development model. Unfortunately, the blockchain security model is more akin to the older model.


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19 July, 2017

Senate candidate Deedra Abboud is under attack for being Muslim

Senate candidate Deedra Abboud is under attack for being Muslim: "She won’t win.

The last Democrat to win a U.S. Senate seat from Arizona was Dennis DeConcini in 1988.

Still, I’d encourage you to take a look at Abboud’s Facebook page. 

You won't learn much about her. The stuff she’s posted is your typical campaign feed.

But the responses – many of them from people who live outside Arizona – say quite a bit about us."



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16 July, 2017

The call to service, citizenship and the future of tech -- reflections from my tour at the United States Digital Service | Cathryn Posey | Pulse | LinkedIn

The call to service, citizenship and the future of tech -- reflections from my tour at the United States Digital Service | Cathryn Posey | Pulse | LinkedIn: "And during my two years of service I have learned something profound -- this opportunity to serve for the tech community is not merely helping to transform government, it has the potential to transform the tech industry."



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04 July, 2017

Africans in America/Part 4/Frederick Douglass speech

Africans in America/Part 4/Frederick Douglass speech: "Would you have me argue that man is entitled to liberty? that he is the rightful owner of his own body? You have already declared it. Must I argue the wrongfulness of slavery? Is that a question for Republicans? Is it to be settled by the rules of logic and argumentation, as a matter beset with great difficulty, involving a doubtful application of the principle of justice, hard to be understood? How should I look to-day, in the presence of Amercans, dividing, and subdividing a discourse, to show that men have a natural right to freedom? speaking of it relatively and positively, negatively and affirmatively. To do so, would be to make myself ridiculous, and to offer an insult to your understanding. There is not a man beneath the canopy of heaven that does not know that slavery is wrong for him.
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03 July, 2017

I was a trauma nurse in Afghanistan. This is what I think about on Memorial Day. : MilitaryStories

I was a trauma nurse in Afghanistan. This is what I think about on Memorial Day. : MilitaryStories: "As we covered his body, I thought about his family at home and wondered what they were doing at this time. The family was not aware of the events taking place and would soon be greeted by soldiers in the Army’s Dress Blue Uniform informing them the status of their child and fiancé. I was lightheaded, my arms shook from the adrenaline flowing through my veins. When we finished, I left the operating room to get a breath of the cold mountain air. I walked out of the building through a mass of soldiers wondering why we were leaving the operating room so soon. I stepped out behind the building and behind some connexes where days before I'd incinerated a leg, fell to my knees, and wept.
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The Comeback Kid - News Hub

The Comeback Kid - News Hub: "As part of her rehab exercises during her recovery, Riley had been trying on her bridesmaid dress and practicing for York’s big day.

“She was preparing to regain her independence,” York says, “but with the specific goal of being at my wedding.”

On June 15, 2012 — just 35 days after the accident — Angela Riley walked down the aisle as her friend’s bridesmaid.
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02 July, 2017

'Race never entered our minds': The heartbroken couple told they can't adopt a white baby

'Race never entered our minds': The heartbroken couple told they can't adopt a white baby:

The Manders, both of whose parents came to this country from Punjab as children, have launched legal action against the Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead and its adoption service Adopt Berkshire after being refused permission to adopt a white child because of their “cultural heritage”. 



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Selling Our Building: Our Story – Ginter Park Baptist Church

Selling Our Building: Our Story – Ginter Park Baptist Church: "Our building has served Ginter Park Baptist Church for most of its century-long history. We have two well-equipped worship spaces, large and small classrooms, a commercial-level kitchen, flexible event space, and so on. We have shared this space with individuals and with other church and community groups, and this sharing has enriched our relationship with our neighbors and contributed operating funds for the property. However, the growing maintenance costs of the building finally have outstripped our ability to keep up by means of a combination of congregational gifts and rental income.

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Darlingside - Go Back (Glastonbury Session) - YouTube

Darlingside - Go Back (Glastonbury Session) - YouTube:




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Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn't) - YouTube

Why CG Sucks (Except It Doesn't) - YouTube: "We believe that the reason we think all CG looks bad, is because we only see "bad” CG. Fantastic, beautiful, and wonderfully executed CG is everywhere - you just don't know it. Truly great visual effects serve story and character – and in doing so are, by their very definition, invisible.
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China rocket launch fails after liftoff - CNN.com

China rocket launch fails after liftoff - CNN.com:

Carrying an experimental communications satellite, China's largest rocket lifted off at 7:23 p.m. local time (7:23 a.m. ET) toward clear skies from the seaside Wenchang space launch center on the southern Chinese island of Hainan.
But 40 minutes later, the state-run Xinhua news agency flashed a headline declaring the launch a failure -- without providing any details.
    Dubbed "Chubby 5" for its huge size -- 5 meters in diameter and 57 meters tall -- the LM-5 rocket is designed to carry up to 25 tons of payload into low orbit, more than doubling the country's previous lift capability.
    Xinhua initially tweeted: "#BREAKING: China's launch of Long March-5 Y2 carrier rocket fails."
    It then tweeted: "Anomaly was detected during its flight and further investigation will be carried out."


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    01 July, 2017

    ‘Love Thy Neighbor?’ - The Washington Post

    ‘Love Thy Neighbor?’ - The Washington Post:

    “Um, I guess where I’d want to go is simply — ” he began, then started over again. “Part of what I want to share with you is this.” He paused for a moment. “I hear a lot of pain from you this evening.”
    Ayaz was looking at him. He was listening.
    “Um, I’m sorry,” the man said.


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    NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung : The Two-Way : NPR

    NPR Continues To Find Hundreds Of Cases Of Advanced Black Lung : The Two-Way : NPR:


    NPR's ongoing investigation of the advanced stage of the fatal lung disease that afflicts coal miners has identified an additional 1,000 cases in Appalachia.

    That brings the NPR count of progressive massive fibrosis, the most serious stage of the disease known as black lung, to nearly 2,000 cases in the region, all of which were diagnosed since 2010.

    In the same period, researchers at the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health reported just 99 cases nationwide. NPR's count is now 20 times what had been considered the official tally of the advanced stage of disease.

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    What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera | The New York Times - YouTube

    What Happens Just Before Show Time At the Met Opera | The New York Times - YouTube: "We walked through the Met with a steadicam on the busiest week of the year. Featuring: Misty Copeland, Toscanini’s head, wigs, harps and a snow yak.
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    US quietly publishes once-expunged papers on 1953 Iran coup - ABC News

    US quietly publishes once-expunged papers on 1953 Iran coup - ABC News:

    Once expunged from official State Department history, the U.S.-backed 1953 coup in Iran and what led up to it can be glimpsed in documents that the department has quietly published. The operation ultimately pushed the country toward its Islamic Revolution and hostility with the West.
    The CIA's role in the coup, which toppled Prime Minister Mohammed Mosaddegh and cemented the control of the shah, was well known when the State Department offered its first compendium on the era in 1989. But any trace of American involvement in the putsch had been wiped from the report, causing historians to call it a fraud.
    The papers released this month show U.S. fears over the spread of communism, as well as the British desire to regain access to Iran's oil industry, which had been nationalized by Mosaddegh. It offers a cautionary tale about the limits of American power as a new U.S. president long suspicious of Iran weighs the landmark nuclear deal with Tehran reached under his predecessor.


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    Commencement Speech, Bolelli-Style -

    Commencement Speech, Bolelli-Style -:

    Without luck, doors will remain closed no matter how much you “think positively” about them opening. The notion that good outcomes await if only you put in enough effort and desire–the notion that the good guys will always triumph in the end after overcoming seemingly impossible odds–belong on the same shelf with delusional maxims such as “everything happens for a reason.”
    You are in the wrong universe for that. It’s simply not the way things work here.


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    Time's Game of Thrones Cover Art Interpretation (We need your art history powers!) What secrets are hidden there? : ArtHistory

    Time's Game of Thrones Cover Art Interpretation (We need your art history powers!) What secrets are hidden there? : ArtHistory:



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    Covering Your Tracks in the Age of Technology

    Covering Your Tracks in the Age of Technology:

    Parties interested in halting the political conversation on Twitter therefore faced a challenge that will become familiar as we explore obfuscation’s uses: Time was tight, and traditional mechanisms for action weren’t available. A direct technical approach—either blocking Twitter within a country or launching a worldwide denial-of-service attack—wasn’t possible, and political and legal angles of attack couldn’t be used. Rather than stop a Twitter conversation, then, attackers can overload it with noise.



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    29 June, 2017

    Crain's Chicago Business - Mapping Chicago's wealth inequality

    Crain's Chicago Business - Mapping Chicago's wealth inequality:

    Here in Chicago, as well as across the country, wealthy communities have recovered from the economic downturn faster than underprivileged neighborhoods have. On a map, these economically disparate communities are often closer to one another than we might think. This story map—created by Redlands, Calif.-based geographic software maker Esri and Crain’s—sheds some light on old, unresolved tensions and may indicate new ones, where gentrification has moved wealth around.



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    NASA Denies That It’s Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars

    NASA Denies That It’s Running a Child Slave Colony on Mars: "A report on Alex Jones’ InfoWars claiming child sex slaves have been kidnapped and shipped to Mars is untrue, NASA told The Daily Beast on Thursday.
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    Charlie Gard Court-Ordered Killing Defies Parents’ Wishes | National Review

    Charlie Gard Court-Ordered Killing Defies Parents’ Wishes | National Review: "So it was that successive courts in the United Kingdom and in Europe simultaneously found that Connie Yates and Chris Gard had devoted themselves unhesitatingly to their son’s welfare for ten months, and also that Yates and Gard could not be trusted to act in their son’s best interests.

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    Half Of Congregation Dies Of Starvation As Sermon Goes 15 Minutes Over Time

    Half Of Congregation Dies Of Starvation As Sermon Goes 15 Minutes Over Time: "RUSSELLVILLE, AR—Roughly half of the churchgoers at First Baptist Church Russellville died of starvation Sunday after the pastor tragically went 15 minutes over his standard sermon time, local sources confirmed.

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    28 June, 2017

    17 cultural clashes this European had in America - Business Insider

    17 cultural clashes this European had in America - Business Insider: "Every American you meet is not actually American. They are a fourth Polish, 3/17 Italian, ten other random countries, and then of course half Irish. Since Ireland is more homogenous, it's hard for me to appreciate this, so honestly I don't really care if your great grandfather's dog walker's best friend's roommate was Irish. I really don't.

    "



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    I am the only living person who has arranged a confidence and supply agreement with a minority government – this is what they’re really like | The Independent

    I am the only living person who has arranged a confidence and supply agreement with a minority government – this is what they’re really like | The Independent:

    I am the only person living who has arranged a confidence and supply arrangement in the House of Commons, which is why I look on the present one with considerable misgiving. In 1977, I led 14 Liberal MPs into an agreement with James Callaghan’s Labour Party, when he fell short of an overall majority after the general election.
    The first thing to note is that such an arrangement is far from being a coalition, and the tail should not expect to wag the dog.


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    Marvel's Kevin Feige is grateful to 'Wonder Woman' for destroying female superhero fallacy

    Marvel's Kevin Feige is grateful to 'Wonder Woman' for destroying female superhero fallacy:

    Because what the question would have been on this junket before that is, 'Do you think people want to see a female superhero movie? Do you think audiences are ready to go see a big ... Are you nervous about Captain Marvel being a big, the first female hero?' 
    And I would always say no, because there hasn't been a good one in a long time. There were, you know, 15 years ago, a bunch of bad ones. Did they fail because they were female lead movies? No. They failed because they were not good movies. 
    I don't have to say that anymore. Thanks to Wonder Woman. Because it just blows that fallacy out of the water. 


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    The big fight over Coexist - Vox

    The big fight over Coexist - Vox: "But the Coexist logo wasn't always just a trip to the semiotic bargain bin. At one time, it was vested with powerful design and real meaning. It's also the center of a long battle over who owns it and what it really means.

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    Providence Canyon - Nick Karstedt

    Providence Canyon - Nick Karstedt: "Providence Canyon, known as the Grand Canyon of Georgia, is an absolutely gorgeous moderate hike a ways south of Columbus. It’s about 150 feet deep, which makes for lots of altitude changes along the way. I think these pictures speak for themselves. This is probably a trip you’ll want to make. Not pictured: gnats galore. Bring your bug spray!"



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    27 June, 2017

    The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic - The New York Times

    The Conversion of a Climate-Change Skeptic - The New York Times: "CALL me a converted skeptic. Three years ago I identified problems in previous climate studies that, in my mind, threw doubt on the very existence of global warming. Last year, following an intensive research effort involving a dozen scientists, I concluded that global warming was real and that the prior estimates of the rate of warming were correct. I’m now going a step further: Humans are almost entirely the cause.

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    26 June, 2017

    GEORGE MASON'S VIEWS ON SLAVERY

    GEORGE MASON'S VIEWS ON SLAVERY: "[Slavery is] that slow Poison, which is daily contaminating the Minds & Morals of our People. Every Gentlemen [sic] here is born a petty Tyrant. Practiced in Acts of Despotism & Cruelty, we become callous to the Dictates of Humanity, & all the finer feelings of the Soul. Taught to regard a part of our own Species in the most abject & contemptible Degree below us, we lose that Idea of the Dignity of Man, which the Hand of Nature had implanted in us, for great & useful purposes."



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    25 June, 2017

    How the Soviets invented the internet and why it didn't work | Aeon Essays

    How the Soviets invented the internet and why it didn't work | Aeon Essays: "In other words, we should not take too much comfort from the fact that the global internet first evolved thanks to cooperative capitalists, not competitive socialists: the story of the Soviet internet is a reminder that we internet users enjoy no guarantees that the private interests propping up the internet will behave any better than those greater forces whose unwillingness to cooperate not only spelled the end of Soviet electronic socialism but threatens to end the current chapter in our network age.

    "



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    Atlanta 1996 - Opening Ceremony | Olympic Channel

    Atlanta 1996 - Opening Ceremony | Olympic Channel:

    ATLANTA 1996 - OPENING CEREMONY
    The ceremony took place on 19 July in the Centennial Olympic Stadium. The ceremony featured John Williams, Celine Dion and Gladys Knight.


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    24 June, 2017

    Political Divisions in 2016 and… | Democracy Fund Voter Study Group

    Political Divisions in 2016 and… | Democracy Fund Voter Study Group: "Most Clinton supporters cluster in the lower-left corner: liberal on both economic and identity issues. Trump supporters cluster in the upper-middle: conservative on identity issues, and somewhat conservative on economic issues.4 Trump general election voters, however, are more widely dispersed on economic issues, ranging more broadly from liberal to conservative.

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    Penguin Cafe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube

    Penguin Cafe: NPR Music Tiny Desk Concert - YouTube: "While Simon Jeffes died in 1997, his son Arthur has been creating new music infused with his father's original inspiration. He calls his group, simply, Penguin Cafe. You can hear Brazilian sounds in the rhythms, classical and minimalism in the strings, Asia in its harmonium, African sounds in the kalimbas. But honestly, it's none of these; it's a universal dream state.
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    22 June, 2017

    To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This (Updated With Podcast) - NYTimes.com

    To Fall in Love With Anyone, Do This (Updated With Podcast) - NYTimes.com: "I explained the study to my university acquaintance. A heterosexual man and woman enter the lab through separate doors. They sit face to face and answer a series of increasingly personal questions. Then they stare silently into each other’s eyes for four minutes. The most tantalizing detail: Six months later, two participants were married. They invited the entire lab to the ceremony.

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    Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against 'no shorts' policy | Education | The Guardian

    Teenage boys wear skirts to school to protest against 'no shorts' policy | Education | The Guardian: "A third mother said: “Children also don’t like injustice. The boys see the female teachers in sandals and nice cool skirts and tops while they are wearing long trousers and shoes and the older boys have to wear blazers. They just think it’s unfair that they can’t wear shorts in this heat.”

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    Fact Check: Are 1 in 4 College Women are sexually assaulted? : neoliberal

    Fact Check: Are 1 in 4 College Women are sexually assaulted? : neoliberal: "You all probably heard of this already. That 1 in 4 women in college are sexually assaulted but are they? The number seems quite big yet it is consistent across the board for sexual assault PSA we get in college. To check and understand the validity you have to understand where and the history of the statistic. More importantly the history of the modern survey on sexual assault.
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    21 June, 2017

    Brene Brown on How to Avoid a Perfect Shame Spiral at Work | Inc.com

    Brene Brown on How to Avoid a Perfect Shame Spiral at Work | Inc.com:


    The real reason--Steve eventually explained it--was that Steve was trying to fend off the worst panic attack of his life, about the safety of their five children. He was diligently counting his strokes so he could stop his mind from thinking about a nightmare he'd had the night before in which he failed to keep his kids safe in the water. He hadn't responded to Brown's vulnerable statements because he actually hadn't heard them--he was lost in thought, lost in counting strokes to escape those thoughts of failing his family when they needed him to be a superhero. 
    In short, he and Brown had entered what Brown calls "a perfect shame storm." Brown filled their void of non-communication with shame triggers relating to body image. Steve filled the void with shame triggers relating to the appearance of weakness--a man who can't be "the almighty fixer of all things," Brown said.



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    19 June, 2017

    Elon Musk says he will perform same tasks as Tesla workers getting injured in the factory | Electrek

    Elon Musk says he will perform same tasks as Tesla workers getting injured in the factory | Electrek: "“Everyone will have equal access to parking, eating the same tables, and there will be no management offices. I am convinced that managers should work at the forefront, in the same work environment as the entire team. Even though I run the company myself, I still do not have my own office and often moved my workplace to the most challenging area in the factory and slept on the factory floor when there was a real crisis. Managers should always take care of their team before they take care of themselves – the supervisor is there to serve his team – not the other way round.”

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    18 June, 2017

    Cardigan Mountain School - News And Events

    Cardigan Mountain School - News And Events: "“From time to time, in the years to come, I hope you will be treated unfairly, so that you will come to know the value of justice,” he said. “I hope you will suffer betrayal because that will teach you the importance of loyalty. Sorry to say, but I hope you will be lonely from time to time, so that you don’t take friends for granted. I wish you bad luck again, from time to time, so that you will be conscious of the roll of chance in life, and understand that your success is not completely deserved, and the failure of others is not completely deserved either. And when you lose, as you will from time to time, I hope every now and then your opponent will gloat over your failure. It is a way for you to understand the importance of sportsmanship. I hope you will be ignored, so you know the importance of listening to others, and I hope you will have just enough pain to learn compassion.”"



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    Why I can’t stop thinking about Otto Warmbier - The Washington Post

    Why I can’t stop thinking about Otto Warmbier - The Washington Post: "It turns out that plenty of people find the regime repugnant but convenient. China’s Communist rulers are first in that line: Kim Jong Un annoys them, but they do not want a unified, pro-Western Korea on their border. South Korea has a Ministry of Unification but also many citizens who do not want the responsibility or expense of bringing 25 million impoverished North Koreans up to their living standard (South Korea’s population is about 50 million).

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    Lawmaker pushing for less regulation has child die in van at his facility | KATV

    Lawmaker pushing for less regulation has child die in van at his facility | KATV:

    Four employees of a child care facility that cares for special needs children have been fired two days after the death of a child left in a hot day care van.
    The CEO of Ascent Children’s Health Services is a state lawmaker.
    Dan Sullivan is a state representative from Jonesboro who aggressively advocates for less regulation of the child care industry in Arkansas.


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    How the Left Can Advance Its Cause - The Atlantic

    How the Left Can Advance Its Cause - The Atlantic:

    Seeking the advancement of human rights in a democracy is like seeking a better marriage with your spouse. You should always seek a better marriage.

    Sometimes, that results in a fight. The purpose of the fight should never be to destroy your spouse. The purpose of the fight is to keep living with your spouse. To do that, choose your disputes carefully and over only the most vital of matters. Accept that your spouse is seeking certainty and security, just as you are. If you believe in individual dignity, accept that their thoughts and actions may not reconcile with yours and that trying to shame them will make the relationship intolerable. Most importantly, once the fight is over, seek reconciliation. After all, you have to live with one another.


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    Emmanuel Macron's conquest is complete - what now? - BBC News

    Emmanuel Macron's conquest is complete - what now? - BBC News:

    When he was 22, and already a precocious high-flier, the president spent several months as the amanuensis of one of France's then most respected philosophers, Paul Ricoeur.
    The name will mean little to most people, but according to the experts, one of the key elements of Ricoeurian philosophy is the "ability to think at the same time two ideas that are apparently opposed".
    For example - in a political context - that could mean supporting the freeing up of the labour market and protecting the most vulnerable. Or slimming down the state and ensuring that France's social contract remains intact.
    The heart of the philosophy is a generous one: the recognition that neither side in an argument holds a monopoly of the truth, and that the best policies are ones that combine some elements of both.


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    World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal | HuffPost

    World’s Top Religious Leaders Issue Rare Joint Appeal | HuffPost: "Religion is often viewed as a force that sows divisions between people. But the world’s most prominent religious leaders have come together to present a different vision of how faith can work in the world.



    In a rare move, major religious leaders ― from Pope Francis to the Dalai Lama ― issued a joint appeal Wednesday asking people to follow a simple bit of advice: Make friends with people of other faiths.

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    17 June, 2017

    Obama / Trump / Caesar – Rob Melrose – Medium

    Obama / Trump / Caesar – Rob Melrose – Medium: "Even though Oskar Eustis’s wonderful Trump / Caesar production was in many ways an inverse version of the production I directed, the president-as-Caesar conceit worked beautifully and both productions come to the same conclusion — one that that should give comfort to Republicans, Democrats, and indeed all Americans: that no matter how righteous you think your cause is assassination as a way of changing a political regime has dire consequences and controlling history through violence is impossible.
    "



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    A shock to the system: how Corbyn changed the rules | Gary Younge | Politics | The Guardian

    A shock to the system: how Corbyn changed the rules | Gary Younge | Politics | The Guardian: "When Big Ben called time on Thursday night, we saw clear evidence of a political realignment that the media and the political establishment had dismissed with hostility, and now regarded with confusion. We saw a polity that has lost touch with its people; a political culture unmoored from the electorate, and a mainstream media that drifted along with it. The election did not create that dislocation; it was merely the clearest and least deniable manifestation of it so far. We are in new territory. And we don’t know where we’re going."



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    We Got Kate from eBaby – Brianna W – Medium

    We Got Kate from eBaby – Brianna W – Medium: "Now I am 26 and Kate is 13 and I wish I could have found a better way for Kate to carry us with her as she grew up. And I wish we could have been more sensitive to the fact that she was so young and vulnerable. And I wish we could have been more delicate about the burden she carried being the only one connecting our family by blood. But I wasn’t. None of us were. And I know this a little cruel, and even though it was at Kate’s expense, I’m happy our little sister has pieces of all of us inside her that aren't just genes. And I’m happy a world exists that only the five of us can be a part of. Because even though it’s based on lies, that world is sacred to me.
    "



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    16 June, 2017

    Kansas’s conservative experiment may have gone worse than people thought - The Washington Post

    Kansas’s conservative experiment may have gone worse than people thought - The Washington Post: "“Maybe the larger lesson is: Let’s not cut taxes all the way to zero,” Mathur said. “Let’s not cut taxes to zero without having a great plan to make up the taxes in the short run.”

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    15 June, 2017

    Lessons learned from the government’s biggest attempt to fix tech procurement

    Lessons learned from the government’s biggest attempt to fix tech procurement: "This is the story of how a former Google engineer dove head-first into the strange world of government contracting, and of what happens when you try to bring modern tech approaches into a system that’s designed around buying fighter jets rather than mobile apps.
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    14 June, 2017

    How the 'tricky people' concept saved my boys

    How the 'tricky people' concept saved my boys:

    My anger and shock turned to immense gratitude, however, when I heard CJ spout off a family "stay safe" rule we went over way too long ago that helped him know these creeps were up to no good. Most specifically, a tip for identifying a "tricky person."
    CJ: "Mom, I knew they were tricky people because they were asking us for help. Adults don't ask kids for help."


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    10 June, 2017

    After Addiction and Tragedy, The Iron Sheik Gets Back Up off the Mat | Bleacher Report

    After Addiction and Tragedy, The Iron Sheik Gets Back Up off the Mat | Bleacher Report:

    So the entire clan surrounded the former bodyguard for the Shah of Iran, boxing him in near the wall, and refused to allow him to carry out his plan.
    “You can’t kill him ‘cause they’ll put you in prison,” Tanya whispered. “I lost my sister and I don’t want to lose my father.”
    Apparently touched by the words, The Sheik maintained his composure. And, as a tribute to Marissa, he made a pledge that he hoped would strengthen the family. He was going to quit drugs, particularly crack, a vice that gripped him as his professional wrestling career—and his funds—waned.
    “The drug thing was so embarrassing,” says Tanya, “especially to someone who was an extreme athlete most of his life.”


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    James Comey’s Donald Trump Testimony & Pro-Trump Derangement Syndrome | National Review

    James Comey’s Donald Trump Testimony & Pro-Trump Derangement Syndrome | National Review: "But, again, I don’t want to make this about Dennis. For the last 24 hours, I have been besieged by people insisting that Comey is a deceitful man of low honor. I don’t think Comey is that, but if he is, he is only by the rarefied standards of a career public servant who operates within conventional boundaries of morality and decency. But whatever. My point is: If you excuse all the things Donald Trump has done and said — and bragged about! — you have surrendered the ability to use notions of honor, decency, and honesty as weapons against his critics.

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    07 June, 2017

    Marvel movies are commercial bonanzas, but DC has a bigger and better idea - The Washington Post

    Marvel movies are commercial bonanzas, but DC has a bigger and better idea - The Washington Post: "But it serves a thematic purpose as well: Diana simply does not understand this world or the people in it. She’s hopelessly naive, committed to a children’s fable about the nature of man. Steve Trevor helps her understand her folly, helps her see that maybe humans, writ large, are not prone to violence or evil because of outside forces but because of the choices they make. “Wonder Woman,” then, is an examination of the idea that gods may be able to save men — from bullets, from bombs — but are wholly unable to save or redeem man.

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    I Bake New Neighbors Bread, And They Never Say Hello to Me Again

    I Bake New Neighbors Bread, And They Never Say Hello to Me Again: "I hosted a coffee klatch and made up fliers and put them on the 12 nearest homes. I got donuts, cut up fruit, and made coffee and tea. Six people came, drank the tea, and no one touched the donuts or fruit. They chatted about who all used to live here in this neighborhood over the years, said thank you and left. No one asked a single question of me. I have never been to their homes or had a conversation with any of them since.

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    05 June, 2017

    Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech - POLITICO Magazine

    Trump National Security Team Blindsided by NATO Speech - POLITICO Magazine: "Compared with his volatile management style and struggles on domestic policy, some have argued in recent months that Trump’s foreign policy is a relative outpost of competence, with strong hands like McMaster and Mattis on board to avoid major failures. But Talbott and others with whom I’ve spoken since Trump’s trip believe the NATO incident really overturns that assumption. It’s destroyed the credibility of Trump’s advisers when they offer reassurances for allies to discount the president’s inflammatory rhetoric—and cast into doubt the kind of certainties necessary for an uncertain world to function.

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    CommodoreCoCo comments on James Lowen in "Lies My Teacher Told Me" claims that historians view all the high history books with disdain because of how much is omitted and warped, my question is how do you historians view his book "Lies My Teacher Told Me"?

    CommodoreCoCo comments on James Lowen in "Lies My Teacher Told Me" claims that historians view all the high history books with disdain because of how much is omitted and warped, my question is how do you historians view his book "Lies My Teacher Told Me"?: "I cannot understate the importance of a diversity of sources. We can never really "know the truth," and even then "the truth" is so multi-faceted that it is hardly "a" truth. The best we can do is examine all of the resources at our disposal, contextually evaluate them, and craft some kind of narrative with a conscious perspective. In my own studies I must frequently fight for the incorporation of voices that don't fit the "dastardly Spanish colonialist" or "Quechua-speaking indio with a peaceful spirituality" archetypes. So many voices have been silenced, particularly in the history of the Americas, that it's a prerogative to actively consider historically overlooked perspectives. This does not mean that they are automatically equivalent sources worthy of scholarly consideration.
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    Ballet Dancer Leaps Onto Subway Tracks and Lifts Man to Safety - The New York Times

    Ballet Dancer Leaps Onto Subway Tracks and Lifts Man to Safety - The New York Times: "After a 58-year-old man fell onto subway tracks Saturday night in Manhattan, a ballet dancer, who had just watched his wife perform with American Ballet Theater at the Metropolitan Opera House, leapt down after him. With a lift that they do not teach in dance school, he moved him to safety.

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    In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican? | The Seattle Times

    In Seattle, is it now taboo to be friends with a Republican? | The Seattle Times: "Kshama Sawant wasn’t having any of that. She stood up and said Burgess wasn’t speaking for her with this “our Republican friends” stuff. Because, she assured the crowd, she doesn’t have any Republican friends.



     Yay, cheered the crowd."



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    First Interview With Alex Honnold, Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope

    First Interview With Alex Honnold, Climber Who Scaled El Capitan Without a Rope:

    A normal person would probably take the afternoon off after they free-soloed El Cap.
    But I’ve been trying to hang board every other day, and it’s the other day.
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    04 June, 2017

    The ISIS Killers: The Men Leading the Battle For Mosul Might Be Wiped Out Along the Way

    The ISIS Killers: The Men Leading the Battle For Mosul Might Be Wiped Out Along the Way: "Ahmed is a gunner who spends the long days during Maj. Salam’s assaults perched in the turret of his Humvee, laying down suppressive fire. Like many of his colleagues, he spent years during the Iraq War fighting alongside the US troops who trained him. In retaliation, members of a Shiite militia kidnapped him and, using a knife, tried to peel off his face, then shot him and left him for dead on a roadside. A scar from that attack runs along his scalp line. Others wounds are harder to see. Still holding his phone, he lets out a scattershot burst of more recent war stories, like the photos violent and strange. In one, he chases a jihadi down a war-torn street as the man’s severed arm flaps at his side. In another, a sniper’s bullet smacks the reinforced glass of his turret a few inches from his face, and he unravels for a moment, firing at the home where the shot seemed to originate. “I went crazy on the house and destroyed it,” he says. “I didn’t even care if there was a family inside.”

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    What Xi Jinping Wants - The Atlantic

    What Xi Jinping Wants - The Atlantic: "At the core of these national goals is a civilizational creed that sees China as the center of the universe. In the Chinese language, the word for China, zhong guo (中国), means “Middle Kingdom.” “Middle” refers not to the space between other, rival kingdoms, but to all that lies between heaven and earth. As Lee summarized the worldview shared by hundreds of Chinese officials who sought his advice, they “recall a world in which China was dominant and other states related to them as supplicants to a superior, as vassals that came to Beijing bearing tribute.” In this narrative, the rise of the West in recent centuries is a historical anomaly, reflecting China’s technological and military weakness when it faced dominant imperial powers during a “century of humiliation” from roughly 1839 to 1949. Xi Jinping has promised his fellow citizens: no more.

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    London attack: Single police officer took on all three terrorists alone armed only with baton | The Independent

    London attack: Single police officer took on all three terrorists alone armed only with baton | The Independent:

    A British Transport Police officer took on all three London Bridge attackers armed only with a baton, it has been revealed.
    The officer was one of the first responders to the scene and received stab wounds to his face, head and leg, while attempting to stop the van and stabbing rampage in a busy area of the city.



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    Ariana Grande Brings Message of Defiance to Concert for Manchester Victims - The New York Times

    Ariana Grande Brings Message of Defiance to Concert for Manchester Victims - The New York Times: "GREATER MANCHESTER, England — The message onstage and in the crowd at “One Love Manchester,” a benefit concert for victims of the Manchester attack that was hosted by the pop star Ariana Grande, was one of defiance.

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    Wonder Woman: My Grandmother Inspired the DC Superhero | Hollywood Reporter

    Wonder Woman: My Grandmother Inspired the DC Superhero | Hollywood Reporter: "My grandmother was the role model for Wonder Woman. She was born in 1893, and instead of doing the more common things associated with women in that day and age, she went on to get three degrees and happily marched her way through her hundred years proving that gender roles were ... just plain silly! Always positive, always moving forward, never letting obstacles decide her life for her. Gram and Wonder Woman have always been one in the same to me. And Gram would approve wholeheartedly with Wonder Woman getting out there and inspiring new generations.

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    03 June, 2017

    The terp who saved my life multiple times was murdered by the Taliban and I just wanted someone else to know who he was : Military

    The terp who saved my life multiple times was murdered by the Taliban and I just wanted someone else to know who he was : Military:

    I am told that earlier this year Atal was found shot dead in a ditch. He had, against orders I'm sure, left to go to his family or something, when the taliban finally caught up to him. I think he must have put up a hell of a fight because I can't imagine they would be so gracious as to kill him that quickly- one gunshot to the chest. Knowing him, i bet he did some damage. he was a tough son of a bitch.
    I dunno, I'm sorry if this doesn't make much sense but there's so much to describe and it's hard to put in words. I feel like we don't do nearly enough to help out the Iraqis and Afghans who supported us while we were over there, if anyone deserved citizenship and a good home and education, it was him. Atal was a good man and a good human being. He was one of the only afghans that I believe was immune to corruption and truly wanted what was best for his people, not just himself. He was the sort of person that Afghanistan needed to prosper instead of fester. I will remember him for the rest of my life.


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    When the Left Turns on Its Own - The New York Times

    When the Left Turns on Its Own - The New York Times:

     In March, a planned speech by Charles Murray at Middlebury ended with the political scientists escorted off campus by police and his interviewer, Professor Allison Stanger, in a neck brace. In April, a speech at Claremont McKenna by the conservative writer Heather Mac Donald had to be livestreamed when protestors blocked access to the auditorium.
    Shutting down conservatives has become de rigueur. But now anti-free-speech activists are increasingly turning their ire on free-thinking progressives. Liberals shouldn’t cede the responsibility to defend free speech on college campuses to conservatives. After all, without free speech, what’s liberalism about?


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    01 June, 2017

    Trump’s Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision - The New York Times

    Trump’s Stupid and Reckless Climate Decision - The New York Times: "But now President Trump (and 22 Republican senators who wrote a letter asking him to take the step) is betting that all of that is wrong. Mr. Trump famously called global warming a hoax during the campaign, and with this decision he’s wagering that he was actually right — he’s calling his own bluff. No line of argument in the physical world supports his claim, and no credible authority backs him, not here and not abroad. It’s telling that he simultaneously wants to cut the funding for the satellites and ocean buoys that monitor our degrading climate. Every piece of data they collect makes clear his foolishness. He’s simply insisting that physics isn’t real.

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    31 May, 2017

    The U.S. Has Forgotten How to Do Infrastructure - Bloomberg

    The U.S. Has Forgotten How to Do Infrastructure - Bloomberg: "That suggests that U.S. costs are high due to general inefficiency -- inefficient project management, an inefficient government contracting process, and inefficient regulation. It suggests that construction, like health care or asset management or education, is an area where Americans have simply ponied up more and more cash over the years while ignoring the fact that they were getting less and less for their money. To fix the problems choking U.S. construction, reformers are going to have to go through the system and rip out the inefficiencies root and branch.

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    30 May, 2017

    Fred Rogers - Wikipedia

    Fred Rogers - Wikipedia:

    Fred McFeely Rogers (March 20, 1928 – February 27, 2003) was an American television personality, famous for creating, hosting, and composing the theme music for the educational preschool television series Mister Rogers' Neighborhood (1968–2001), which featured his kind-hearted, gentle, soft-spoken personality, and directness to his audiences.[1]
    Initially educated to be a minister, Rogers was displeased with the way television addressed children and made an effort to change this when he began to write for and perform on local Pittsburgh-area shows dedicated to youth. WQED developed his own show in 1968 and it was distributed nationwide by Eastern Educational Television Network. Over the course of three decades on television, Fred Rogers became an icon of American children's entertainment and education.[2] He was also known for his advocacy of various public causes.


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    Is Trump an 'adult'? Ben Sasse won't say - POLITICO

    Is Trump an 'adult'? Ben Sasse won't say - POLITICO: "Sasse’s formula for true adulthood consists of five main steps: Overcome “peer culture,” or associating just with people of similar ages; work hard; limit consumption of television or other passive media in favor of producing art or music or anything else; travel widely to understand how various people understand the difference between what they need and what they want; and become literate by reading widely and deeply.

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    Child Therapist Gives Gorgeous Explanation Of What Good Parenting Looks Like | HuffPost

    Child Therapist Gives Gorgeous Explanation Of What Good Parenting Looks Like | HuffPost: "
    A house full of screaming kids and fighting teenagers and a parent who’s being thrown every question and request is a healthy one to me. 

    It’s the silent children, the scared toddlers, the teenagers that don’t come home and the parents who aren’t in communication with their children that I worry about."



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    (Explicit language) Carly Rae Jepsen vs. DMX (Mashup) - YouTube

    X Gon Give It To Ya Maybe - Carly Rae Jepsen vs. DMX (Mashup) - YouTube: "Call Me Maybe by Carly Rae Jepsen vs. X Gon' Give It To Ya by DMX.
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    29 May, 2017

    Popular Science Monthly/Volume 77/October 1910/The Moral Equivalent of War - Wikisource, the free online library

    Popular Science Monthly/Volume 77/October 1910/The Moral Equivalent of War - Wikisource, the free online library: "The war-party is assuredly right in affirming and reaffirming that the martial virtues, although originally gained by the race through war, are absolute and permanent human goods. Patriotic pride and ambition in their military form are, after all, only specifications of a more general competitive passion. They are its first form, but that is no reason for supposing them to be its last form. Men now are proud of belonging to a conquering nation, and without a murmur they lay down their persons and their wealth, if by so doing they may fend off subjection. But who can be sure that other aspects of one's country may not, with time and education and suggestion enough, come to be regarded with similarly effective feelings of pride and shame? Why should men not some day feel that it is worth a blood-tax to belong to a collectivity superior in any ideal respect? Why should they not blush with indignant shame if the community that owns them is vile in any way whatsoever? Individuals, daily more numerous, now feel this civic passion. It is only a question of blowing on the spark till the whole population gets incandescent, and on the ruins of the old morals of military honor, a stable system of morals of civic honor builds itself up. What the whole community comes to believe in grasps the individual as in a vise. The war-function has graspt us so far; but constructive interests may some day seem no less imperative, and impose on the individual a hardly lighter burden.

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    Afloat on the Erie Canal: Sonar Gear, Ferris Wheel Parts and Beer Tanks - The New York Times

    Afloat on the Erie Canal: Sonar Gear, Ferris Wheel Parts and Beer Tanks - The New York Times:

    It has been 200 years since a corps of men and mules started to dig what was known as “Clinton’s ditch” across hundreds of miles of farmland, forests and other decidedly dry terrain in upstate New York, creating the Erie Canal and, with it, a range of prosperous towns from Albany to Buffalo.
    The canal’s heyday has long passed, and in recent decades it has been relegated as a recreational byway, drawing pleasure boats, fishing lines and the occasional canal fan.
    Lately, however, there has been a curious sight along the Erie Canal and some of its offshoots: commercial shipping — a small rebound pegged to the canal’s use as a niche waterway for cargo whose size or weight make it impossible, impractical or too expensive to haul any other way. All told, the state anticipates more than 200,000 tons of shipping on the canal system in 2017, a milestone not reached since 1993, according to state officials. Still, that is a far cry from the millions of tons of cargo the canal regularly trafficked during the 19th and early 20th centuries.


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    Why America can’t make up its mind about housing — Strong Towns

    Why America can’t make up its mind about housing — Strong Towns: "We are, in conclusion, profoundly conflicted as a nation when it comes to housing: we want it to be affordable, but we also want its prices to rise fast enough to be valuable as a financial investment. That’s a contradiction we need to acknowledge if our housing policy debate—and, ultimately, our housing policy—is going to be coherent and constructive.

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    5DaysSober comments on The S&P 500 has an average annual RoI of 7% - 10%. Other indices return at comparable rates. Why, then, do so many investors end up with significantly lower, or even negative returns?

    5DaysSober comments on The S&P 500 has an average annual RoI of 7% - 10%. Other indices return at comparable rates. Why, then, do so many investors end up with significantly lower, or even negative returns?: "The typical investor definitely has a positive ROI, but below that of the market.



    It's like grilling a piece of meat, the less you fuck with it, the better it is. Every time an investor makes a move he has the opportunity to f*** it up. The typical investor causes more harm than good for each move he makes. But moving it around is the only way to get above average. So, in an effort to make a perfect steak, 1 steak turns out better than average, and 9 turn out worse. But, everybody is convinced they're the grill master so they keep f***ing up their steaks."



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    James Fallows's 2017 UVM Commencement Speech - The Atlantic

    James Fallows's 2017 UVM Commencement Speech - The Atlantic:

    How many of you think of UVM and Burlington and Vermont as special places? As places that are exceptions to the national trend? That are moving forward?

    I bet many of you do. And you have better grounds than most. But having spent several years traveling around parts of the country less obviously special than this, I can tell you that in much of the country people feel just the same way about where they are from. They feel that they are doing better, in the part of the country within their own experience, than what they hear about the country as a whole. They say that in Mississippi, with all its burdens. They say it in South Dakota. They say it in Arizona and Oregon and South Carolina and rustbelt Michigan and Pennsylvania. Everyone in this country is aware of the nation’s problems. But most places, most people feel that the greatest possibilities are through local involvement, and that they are moving ahead rather than falling behind.


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    Research: How You Feel About Individualism Is Influenced by Your Social Class

    Research: How You Feel About Individualism Is Influenced by Your Social Class:

    Our body of ongoing research shows that people from working-class backgrounds tend to understand themselves as interdependent with and highly connected to others. Parents teach their children the importance of following the rules and adjusting to the needs of others, in part because there is no economic safety net to fall back on. Common sayings include “You can’t always get what you want” and “It’s not all about you”; values such as solidarity, humility, and loyalty take precedence.
    In contrast, people from middle- and upper-class contexts tend to understand themselves as independent and separate from others. Parents teach kids the importance of cultivating their personal preferences, needs, and interests. Common sayings include “The world is your oyster” and “Your voice matters”; values such as uniqueness, self-expression, and influence take precedence.


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    MAX stabbing victim was Portland employee, Army veteran | OregonLive.com

    MAX stabbing victim was Portland employee, Army veteran | OregonLive.com:

    He was headed to his home in Happy Valley when he and two others intervened as a man began hurling epithets at two teenagers aboard a MAX Green Line train, witnesses said. The man then pulled a knife and stabbed the three men, killing two and injuring one.
    Best had three teenage sons and a 12-year-old daughter, Austin said.
    Best grew up in Oregon, mostly in Salem, and attended Vocational Village High School in Portland.
    He met his wife at Portland Community College, and then joined the Army. He said in a voter pamphlet statement that he served in Iraq and Afghanistan.
    Best retired from the Army as a platoon sergeant for Corps maintenance in 2012 after 23 years in the military. He joined his family in Happy Valley and quickly became frustrated with the county board, in 2014 launching an unsuccessful campaign in which he said he would not accept donations.


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    28 May, 2017

    Feature Film Production in Georgia Outpaced California Last Year, Study Says | Hollywood Reporter

    Feature Film Production in Georgia Outpaced California Last Year, Study Says | Hollywood Reporter: "Seventeen features filmed in Georgia in 2016, meaning the state has outpaced the previous frontrunner, California, as the top location for feature film production.

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    When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen - MarketWatch

    When Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg sound the same dire warning about jobs, it’s time to listen - MarketWatch: "And Zuckerberg also had some words of wisdom for tomorrow’s entrepreneurs. “Let me tell you a secret: no one does when they begin. Ideas don’t come out fully formed. They only become clear as you work on them. You just have to get started,” he said. “If I had to understand everything about connecting people before I began, I never would have started Facebook. Movies and pop culture get this all wrong. The idea of a single eureka moment is a dangerous lie. It makes us feel inadequate since we haven’t had ours. It prevents people with seeds of good ideas from getting started.”"



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    How Bad Are K-Cups for the Environment? - The Atlantic

    How Bad Are K-Cups for the Environment? - The Atlantic: "Though the predicted consumer backlash has arrived, especially in recent months, the company continues to grow. Others have entered the market very successfully. While drip coffee-maker sales are stagnant, pod-machine sales have increased six-fold since 2008. Looking back on his invention, amid increasing public condemnation of K-Cups as a scourge on the planet, Sylvan told me, “I feel bad sometimes that I ever did it.”

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    There are bots. Look around.

    There are bots. Look around.: "One example is quote stuffing, which involves flooding specific instruments (like a particular stock) with thousands and thousands of orders and cancellations at rates that exceed bandwidth capabilities. The goal is to increase latency and cause confusion among other participants in the market. Another example is spoofing, placing bids and offers with the intent to cancel rather than execute, and its advanced form, layering, where this is done at several pricing tiers to create the illusion of a fuller order book (in other words, faking supply and/or demand). The goals of these strategies is to entice other market participants — including other algorithms — to respond in a way that benefits the person running the manipulation strategy. People are creative. And in the early days of HFT, slimy people could do bad things with relative ease.

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    25 May, 2017

    TIL 10% of those conscripted in the UK in WWII were sent to serve not on the battlefield, but in the coal mines that powered the war machine. Some of these soldiers were not released from service until two years after the war ended. They were not formally recognized for their contribution until 1995 : todayilearned

    TIL 10% of those conscripted in the UK in WWII were sent to serve not on the battlefield, but in the coal mines that powered the war machine. Some of these soldiers were not released from service until two years after the war ended. They were not formally recognized for their contribution until 1995 : todayilearned:

    The 10 Deadliest Jobs: Deaths per 100,000
    1. Logging workers: 128.8
    2. Fishers and related fishing workers: 117
    3. Aircraft pilot and flight engineers: 53.4
    4. Roofers: 40.5
    5. Structural iron and steel workers: 37
    6. Refuse and recyclable material collectors: 27.1
    7. Electrical power-line installers and repairers: 23
    8. Drivers/sales workers and truck drivers: 22.1
    9. Farmers, ranchers, and other agricultural managers: 21.3
    10. Construction laborers: 17.4


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