25 September, 2017

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

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

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


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2017 Distressed Communities Index - Economic Innovation Group

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

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

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

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


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

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

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23 September, 2017

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

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

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

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

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22 September, 2017

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

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

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


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

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

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



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

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

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



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

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

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21 September, 2017

brain injury is awful

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



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

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

Was George Washington actually a good general? : AskHistorians:

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


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

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

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



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20 September, 2017

War : pics

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

Type Writing: An Interview with Jim Shepard

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

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18 September, 2017

Houseguests by Kate Garklavs « apt – a literary magazine

Houseguests by Kate Garklavs « apt – a literary magazine: "“Just getting some water,” I’ll say, picking my way downstairs. Place my feet on the loosest boards—ostensible warning to the houseguests, whose passion cannot be contained by strange walls or the propriety exacted by another person’s dwelling. They will not hear me as I hover beside the shut door of the guest room, or they will, but their laughter and heaving and linen-light sighs will carry along their preordained course until finally, blessedly, real silence resumes. Once it does, I’ll shift my weight to incur a final creak. Enough: goodnight.

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Ken Burns ‘The Vietnam War’ episode 1 recap: Why Vietnam? - The Washington Post

Ken Burns ‘The Vietnam War’ episode 1 recap: Why Vietnam? - The Washington Post:

Ho Chi Minh for a long time believed that the Americans would be there for him in the end. That he would be able to count on the United States. And he believed that not only because of what Franklin Roosevelt said during World War Two about you know colonialism being a thing of the past and how we have to support self-determination. But he also believed that, Ho, because of America’s historical experience. Which is that the United States had been a colonial had fought a war against the colonial overlord in the British. Knew, in other words, what he was trying to do in Vietnam and had gone through a revolution successfully. So, ergo, the U.S. should be there for me.
So he struggled with this. Didn’t want to believe in the hypocrisy. Didn’t believe that the United States could say one thing and then do something else. And it took him a long time to shed this idea that ultimately the Americans will come to my assistance. It was only I think in 1948/49, so deep into his war with France, that he finally said, “Okay, I guess I should give up on the Americans.” It’s a tragic part of the story as far as I’m concerned.


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Dan Ariely Takes on 'Irrational' Economic Impulses : NPR

Dan Ariely Takes on 'Irrational' Economic Impulses : NPR:



A few years ago, they studied a day care center in Israel to determine whether imposing a fine on parents who arrived late to pick up their children was a useful deterrent. Uri and Aldo concluded that the fine didn't work well, and in fact it had long-term negative effects. Why? Before the fine was introduced, the teachers and parents had a social contract, with social norms about being late. Thus, if parents were late — as they occasionally were — they felt guilty about it — and their guilt compelled them to be more prompt in picking up their kids in the future. (In Israel, guilt seems to be an effective way to get compliance.) But once the fine was imposed, the day care center had inadvertently replaced the social norms with market norms. Now that the parents were paying for their tardiness, they interpreted the situation in terms of market norms. In other words, since they were being fined, they could decide for themselves whether to be late or not, and they frequently chose to be late. Needless to say, this was not what the day care center intended.

But the real story only started here. The most interesting part occurred a few weeks later, when the day care center removed the fine. Now the center was back to the social norm. Would the parents also return to the social norm? Would their guilt return as well? Not at all. Once the fine was removed, the behavior of the parents didn't change. They continued to pick up their kids late. In fact, when the fine was removed, there was a slight increase in the number of tardy pickups (after all, both the social norms and the fine had been removed).

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17 September, 2017

Our Graduates Are Rubes - The Chronicle of Higher Education

Our Graduates Are Rubes - The Chronicle of Higher Education: ""I was a straight-A student at a university" no longer means what it did in 1960 or even 1980. A study of 200 colleges and universities through 2009 found that A was the most commonly given grade, an increase of nearly 30 percent since 1960 and more than 10 percent just since 1988.

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The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC - BBC News

The German schoolboy jailed for writing to the BBC - BBC News: "The East German secret police went to extraordinary lengths to track down people who wrote letters to the BBC during the Cold War. One of those arrested and jailed was a teenager who longed to express himself freely - and paid a high price.
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Hold the Egg Sandwich: Egyptian TV Is Calling - The New York Times

Hold the Egg Sandwich: Egyptian TV Is Calling - The New York Times:

Hatem El-Gamasy often appears as a pundit for Egyptian television news programs. His viewers don’t know his day job: He owns a bodega in Queens.


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16 September, 2017

The Juggalo March on Washington D.C. Is Not a Joke - CityLab

The Juggalo March on Washington D.C. Is Not a Joke - CityLab: "In a year of weird American politics, this weekend’s Juggalo March in Washington, D.C., offers a fresh opportunity to marvel at the rich pageant of surrealism that has become life in the nation’s capital. On Saturday, thousands of followers of the Detroit-area rap-rock duo Insane Clown Posse are gathering on the National Mall to protest the classification of ICP fans, known as Juggalos, as a criminal gang, according to a now-infamous FBI threat assessment from 2011. The band has been waging a legal war against the FBI, with the help of the American Civil Liberties Union, ever since.

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The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1 | HuffPost UK

The Week My Husband Left And My House Was Burgled I Secured A Grant To Begin The Project That Became BRCA1 | HuffPost UK:

So Emily and my mother and I were standing in the line, and I said, “Mom, can you make it down to your plane on your own?” Bear in mind, there were no checkpoints in those days, but there were, of course, very long corridors.
She said, “No.”
So I said to Emily, “I’m going to need to go with Grandmom down to her plane.”
And my mother shrieked, “You can’t leave that child here alone!” (Fair enough.)
Suddenly this unmistakable voice above and behind me said, “Emily and I will be fine.”
I turned around to the man standing behind us, and I said, “Thank you.”
My mother looked at me and said, “You can’t leave Emily with a total stranger.”
And I said, “Mom, if you can’t trust Joe DiMaggio, who can you trust?”


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Seven Days of Heroin - Cincinnati.com

Seven Days of Heroin - Cincinnati.com:

Kacie Rolfes walks into the conference room at the psychiatric hospital and takes a seat across the table from a 7-year-old girl.
The girl is wearing pink shorts and a bright blue T-shirt that reads, “I’m a Dream Believer.”
“Do you know why you’re in this situation?” Rolfes asks.
“Because my mom and dad did drugs,” the girl says.
Rolfes is a Hamilton County social worker. She made the five-hour drive today to the Belmont Pines psychiatric hospital in Youngstown to check on the girl, who suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder and other psychiatric problems.
The girl is from Colerain Township, but she hasn’t been home since she found her mother slumped over the toilet last year, high on heroin and barely conscious. Her father died of an overdose earlier this year.
Children’s services placed the girl with a foster family, but that ended when she tried to drown her foster sister in a YMCA swimming pool. After that, the girl’s doctors sent her here for more intensive treatment.


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15 September, 2017

The Cassini spacecraft crashed into Saturn, ending a successful 20-year mission - The Washington Post

The Cassini spacecraft crashed into Saturn, ending a successful 20-year mission - The Washington Post:

Thanks to its scientific successes, stunning images, and the sad circumstances of its demise, Cassini is viewed with deep affection by NASA researchers and space enthusiasts alike. Some of the features in Saturn's rings are named for team members' pets; one of the engineers named his daughter Phoebe for one of Saturn's moons.
Many members of the Cassini team refer to the spacecraft as a “she” and they ascribe “her” human traits: curiosity, intelligence, determination, valor.
“It's like the loss of a friend,” said Spilker, who has worked on the mission since its inception in the late 1980s.


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(1) Farewell to Saturn: Highlights from the End of NASA's Cassini Mission - YouTube

(1) Farewell to Saturn: Highlights from the End of NASA's Cassini Mission - YouTube: "On Sept. 15, 2017, Cassini plunged into Saturn, ending its 20-year mission of discovery. "



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Review: Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’ Will Break Your Heart and Win Your Mind - The New York Times

Review: Ken Burns’s ‘Vietnam War’ Will Break Your Heart and Win Your Mind - The New York Times:

Mr. Burns is willing to risk obviousness because his project is not to find surprising twists on American history. It’s to create a historical canon in the most broadly acceptable terms.
This might in part be public-TV centrism, but it’s also an ideology. Mr. Burns’s films assume that it’s still possible for Americans to have an agreed-on baseline — on government, war, race and culture — from which to go forward.
In relatively peaceful times, this approach could seem banal, as if the films are arguing for pieties that everyone already agrees on. In — well, times like now — it can seem naïve to think that there’s any fact so unobjectionable it can’t be litigated by opposed camps. In the divides the war rended, you can see the swellings of today’s impenetrable political bubbles.
The saddest thing about this elegiac documentary may be the credit it extends its audience. “The Vietnam War” still holds out hope that we might learn from history, after presenting 18 hours of evidence to the contrary.


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Stop the Cap! Verizon Wireless' Great Rural Purge: Tens of Thousands Losing Cell Service ·

Stop the Cap! Verizon Wireless' Great Rural Purge: Tens of Thousands Losing Cell Service ·: "Nearly 20,000 rural Verizon Wireless customers in states like Maine, Michigan, North Dakota, and Montana are being notified their cell service is being terminated because they spend too much time roaming outside of a Verizon Wireless coverage area.

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12-day timelapse of Hurricane Irma captured by NOAA's GOES-16 satellite : WeatherGifs

12-day timelapse of Hurricane Irma captured by NOAA's GOES-16 satellite : WeatherGifs: "12-day timelapse of Hurricane Irma captured by NOAA's GOES-16 satellite"



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14 September, 2017

florinandrei comments on I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer

florinandrei comments on I watched my patients die of poverty for 40 years. It’s time for single-payer: "So that's how we see things. A lot of that is the outcome of the harsh lessons that Reality administered us all these millennia, culminating in the early 20th century. Postmodernism was a powerful cultural influence around the same time, and it helped push against dogmatic thinking of any kind - political ideas that took shape in that era turned out, as a consequence, far more open, fluid, and tolerant. America never truly absorbed postmodern thinking, except in the fields of business and propaganda, or manipulation, which is probably the worst way to do it - hence its dogmatic, hardened, set in stone politics, and its unholy alliance between money and political power.
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13 September, 2017

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities | American Civil Liberties Union

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities | American Civil Liberties Union: "H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make “substantial progress” toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.
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I am white. That's all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? - Quora

I am white. That's all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? - Quora:

Absolutely.
Consider it this way. All I know about you is you’re tall.
Do you have any advantages?
Yes.
Does that mean you don’t deserve the can of tuna on the higher shelf? No. Nobody is saying that. Eat away mighty giant.


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12 September, 2017

10 September, 2017

College student who lied about getting raped begs to dodge jail | New York Post

College student who lied about getting raped begs to dodge jail | New York Post:

Yovino’s admittedly false rape claim — made earlier this year, when she was 18 — led to two Sacred Heart University football players losing their sports scholarships and getting suspended from their team.
Pressed by authorities about inconsistencies in her account, Yovino eventually admitted that she’d had consensual sex with the two football players in a bathroom during a football club party, then lied about it in hopes of winning the sympathy of a third male student whom she wanted to date.
Other witnesses confirmed that she’d gone willingly into the bathroom with the two players.


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09 September, 2017

bulbasauuuur comments on Y'all must be on that new Jesus ����

bulbasauuuur comments on Y'all must be on that new Jesus ����: "91% of people who get welfare are elderly, disabled, or "part of a working household" which often means children (or two adults not working 1000 hours each). They simply cannot work.
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07 September, 2017

Pastor Amy Butler - Posts

Pastor Amy Butler - Posts: "“The Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)"



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Cadfan17 comments on White Christians are now a minority of the U.S. population, survey says

Cadfan17 comments on White Christians are now a minority of the U.S. population, survey says:

So... the thing Job did that was telling the truth about God was stating that God sends good and evil to us without respect to our righteousness. And the thing that Job's friends did that was telling lies about God was claiming that God sends wealth and easy living to the righteous, and misery to the unrighteous.
In other words, the moral of Job is that if you believe in the prosperity gospel God will straight up ice you unless Job asks him to chill.


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06 September, 2017

How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine

How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine:

Voters say they reject expertise because experts—whom they think of as indistinguishable from governing elites—have failed them. “Americans might look back on the last 50 years and say, ‘What have experts done for us lately?’” one USA Today columnist recently wrote, without irony. Somehow, such critics missed the successful conclusion of the Cold War, the abundance of food to the point that we subsidize farmers, the creation of medicines that have extended human life, automobiles that are safer and more efficient than ever, and even the expert-driven victories of the previously hopeless Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. Experts, in this distorted telling, have managed only to impoverish and exploit ordinary Americans; anything that has benefited others apparently happened only by mere chance.



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Steve Harvey Interview: "I'm Not Going to Apologize" for That Leaked Memo | Hollywood Reporter

Steve Harvey Interview: "I'm Not Going to Apologize" for That Leaked Memo | Hollywood Reporter:

It's, "Look, I'm OK with you loving the Confederate flag. I'm OK with you loving them statues. Maybe people had great grandfathers who fought in the Civil War and they want to continue to honor them. Well, that's great. But see, I pay taxes, and I don't want to pay taxes to raise the flag every morning and then cut the grass around it and wipe the pigeon poop off the statue. So take all them statues and that flag and put it in your own museum. Then all the hillbillies can go there and cry in front of the flag at the feet of General Lee and howl and just have a great time. But it can't be at the park. You can't have the Confederate flag waving when I'm outside trying to have a picnic." And you handle it that way because I'm OK with people preserving history, for whatever their reason. It may not be the right reason for me, but if it's right for them, cool. But put it in a museum. Black people got museums. Jewish people got a museum. Get your ass a museum.



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05 September, 2017

John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world

John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world: "A number of times throughout history, tyranny has stimulated breakthrough thinking about liberty. This was certainly the case in England with the mid-seventeenth-century era of repression, rebellion, and civil war. There was a tremendous outpouring of political pamphlets and tracts. By far the most influential writings emerged from the pen of scholar John Locke.



 He expressed the radical view that government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property. He explained the principle of checks and balances to limit government power. He favored representative government and a rule of law. He denounced tyranny. He insisted that when government violates individual rights, people may legitimately rebel."



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In city with no water, two men get Coca-Cola's permission to steal it

In city with no water, two men get Coca-Cola's permission to steal it:

In a city with no water, here is a list of items required to break into a warehouse and steal 14 cases of bottled water:
  • One (1) hand saw
  • One (1) hammer
  • One (1) hovercraft, capable of zinging over the flooded streets of Beaumont, Texas, at 60 miles an hour.
  • Oh, and permission from the Coca-Cola Company.
Fortunately, Bill Zang recently found himself equipped with all four things.


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04 September, 2017

Grace Pettis - Award Winning Texas Songwriter | Blog

Grace Pettis - Award Winning Texas Songwriter | Blog:





And of all the insults exchanged, nothing was even in the same universe of curses as THE word that the man used. It was beyond a “bad word” or an insult. As somebody who happens to love words, who believes that for the most parts words themselves are not good or evil but rather that they are tools which should be wielded with respect to context and intent, I found myself overcome by how evil that word was in that moment. It was dehumanizing. When this man used it, he was attempting to negate everything about this woman’s humanity. There is no word equivalent that she could have used in response. She was tough- she didn’t back down from his aggression and matched him verbally, blow for blow. But there is no word equivalent for a black woman to use in defense against a white man that can dehumanize in quite the same way. We don’t actually have a word like that in the English language. Which seemed like a pity in the moment, because “asshole” and “bigot” didn’t seem to cut it.


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US Army unprepared to deal with Russia in Europe – POLITICO

US Army unprepared to deal with Russia in Europe – POLITICO:



The U.S. Army’s rapid reaction force in Europe is under-equipped, undermanned and inadequately organized to confront military aggression from Russia or its high-tech proxies, according to an internal study that some who have read it view as a wake-up call as the Trump administration seeks to deter an emboldened Vladimir Putin.
The Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade, a bulwark of the NATO alliance that has spent much of the last decade and a half rotating in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, lacks “essential capabilities needed to accomplish its mission effectively and with decisive speed,” according to the analysis by the brigade, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO.


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School district apologizes after students told ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts not allowed in class - The Washington Post

School district apologizes after students told ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts not allowed in class - The Washington Post:

A Georgia school district has apologized after one of its teachers asked two high school students wearing “Make America Great Again” T-shirts to leave her classroom.
The incident took place at River Ridge High School on Aug. 31, when a teacher “erroneously told two students their shirts with campaign slogans were not permitted in class,” Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara P. Jacoby said.
“Her actions were wrong, as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,” Jacoby said in a statement. “The teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.”


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On being a bad manager – Signal v. Noise

On being a bad manager – Signal v. Noise: "Great managers help fill the gaps so no one has to jump over a chasm to come to a conclusion. It takes a while to get good at even seeing the gaps. Then it takes even more time to get good at filling them.



“I had no idea they’d react that way” are the words of an inexperienced manager. Good managers are rarely surprised at how people react. And the only way to eliminate surprise is to have seen it all before. And a honed sense of empathy. That takes living it. Books, classes, and simulations won’t get managers there."



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Mike Luckovich pays tribute

Mike Luckovich pays tribute:



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Boy, 7, was tortured to death and fed to pigs. State agencies failed him, says lawsuit.

Boy, 7, was tortured to death and fed to pigs. State agencies failed him, says lawsuit.:

Adrian Jones's short, tortured life was spent isolated from outsiders, confined in filthy, mice-infested houses where he was "home-schooled" by the parents who ultimately killed him, according to court documents.
But the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father and stepmother was meticulously documented, through dozens of surveillance cameras. As his family moved from place to place across Kansas and Missouri, his stepmother captured photos of the horrors, images stored online and later recovered by authorities.
His was a brief life of great suffering, as described by police and prosecutors. 


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nukasu comments on Chinese president Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace

nukasu comments on Chinese president Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace: "it also reminds me of the vaccination effect. at the turn of the last century infant mortality was close to 50%. imagine having to plan on 3, 4 or 5 children if you wanted to raise a family; you had to have enough to allow some of them to actually live to adulthood. now, kale-eating whole foods shoppers can plan on having their one child in their late 30s and rest easy knowing it will live to adulthood. the thought it could be any other way never even occurs to them. and, somehow, turn up their nose at the vaccinations that make this lifestyle possible.
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31 August, 2017

To my sister, a new software engineer – Laura Conwill – Medium

To my sister, a new software engineer – Laura Conwill – Medium: "Happy first day of work! I put together this list of things to keep in mind as you’re starting your job. You probably already know some of it, and other parts might not be relevant since you’ve already interned at your new company, but I’m passing it along because it’s all stuff I would have found helpful when starting at my first couple of jobs.
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After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | PBS NewsHour

After decades of pushing bachelor’s degrees, U.S. needs more tradespeople | PBS NewsHour:

Esparza is a 46-year-old mechanic for Evolution Fresh, a subsidiary of Starbucks that makes juices and smoothies. He’s taking a class in industrial computing taught by a community college at a local manufacturing plant in the hope it will bump up his wages.
It’s a pretty safe bet. The skills being taught here are in high demand. That’s in part because so much effort has been put into encouraging high school graduates to go to college for academic degrees rather than for training in industrial and other trades that many fields like his face worker shortages.


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30 August, 2017

spergery comments on Mattis orders Pentagon to allow transgender troops to continue serving, pending study

spergery comments on Mattis orders Pentagon to allow transgender troops to continue serving, pending study: "The fundamental impulse of the liberal mind is to improve what's bad, and the fundamental impulse of the conservative mind is to protect what's good. Just as liberals must, in my mind, reckon with the steep toll in human misery of their failed attempts to perfect human society, so too must conservatives reckon with the needlessly prolonged injustices that have resulted from our refusal to rock the social boat.
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29 August, 2017

These Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism

These Women Entrepreneurs Created A Fake Male Cofounder To Dodge Startup Sexism:

That’s when Gazin and Dwyer introduced a third cofounder: Keith Mann, an aptly named fictional character who could communicate with outsiders over email.
“It was like night and day,” says Dwyer. “It would take me days to get a response, but Keith could not only get a response and a status update, but also be asked if he wanted anything else or if there was anything else that Keith needed help with.”
Dwyer and Gazin continued to deploy Keith regularly when interacting with outsiders and found that the change in tone wasn’t just an anomaly. In exchange after exchange, the perceived involvement of a man seemed to have an effect on people’s assumptions about Witchsy and colored how they interacted with the budding business. One developer in particular seemed to show more deference to Keith than he did to Dwyer or Gazin, right down to the basics of human interaction.
“Whenever he spoke to Keith, he always addressed Keith by name,” says Gazin. “Whenever he spoke to us, he never used our names.”


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28 August, 2017

Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley - The Washington Post

Black-clad antifa members attack peaceful right-wing demonstrators in Berkeley - The Washington Post: "“I applaud the more than 7,000 people who came out today to peacefully oppose bigotry, hatred and racism that we saw on display in Charlottesville,” Berkeley Mayor Jesse Arreguín said in a statement. ” … However, the violence that small group of protesters engaged in against residents and the police, including throwing smoke bombs, is unacceptable. Fighting hate with hate does not work and only makes each side more entrenched in their ideological camps.”

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27 August, 2017

PoodlesForBernie2016 comments on La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson Texas

PoodlesForBernie2016 comments on La Vita Bella nursing home in Dickinson Texas: "I was a first responder after hurricane Katrina (in between shifts waiting tables) and had some direct and devastating experience with this.
The nursing home evacuees we received at the Red Cross shelter arrived 6-deep in ambulances and had been trapped in facilities without AC for about a week. They had been rescued in canoes and in some cases had had to walk or be carried through thigh-high water. When they entered the air conditioned college basketball stadium that had been turned into a makeshift hospital, many almost instantly went into hypothermia and many died. They turned the away-team locker room into a morgue.
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Sam Adams: Charles Weltner, Linwood Holton, and the value of political courage | THEIR OPINION | richmond.com

Sam Adams: Charles Weltner, Linwood Holton, and the value of political courage | THEIR OPINION | richmond.com: "Those political leaders looking for models can turn to Charles Weltner and Linwood Holton. There were many heroes of the civil rights movement, especially African Americans, who risked physical safety and even died in the pursuit of justice (we can now add Heather Heyer to the list). In these pursuits, Justice Weltner and Governor Holton represented political courage of an essential type. During extraordinary circumstances, they risked their political careers in the service of the greatest American ideal: freedom and equality for everyone.

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26 August, 2017

John R. Fox - Wikipedia

John R. Fox - Wikipedia: "For extraordinary heroism against an armed enemy in the vicinity of Sommocolonia, Italy, on December 26, 1944, while serving as a member of Cannon Company, 366th Infantry Regiment, 92nd Infantry Division. During the preceding few weeks, Lieutenant Fox served with the 598th Field Artillery Battalion as a forward observer. On Christmas night, enemy soldiers gradually infiltrated the town of Sommocolonia in civilian clothes, and by early morning the town was largely in hostile hands. Commencing with a heavy barrage of enemy artillery at 0400 hours on December 26, 1944, an organized attack by uniformed German units began. Being greatly outnumbered, most of the United States Infantry forces were forced to withdraw from the town, but Lieutenant Fox and some other members of his observer party voluntarily remained on the second floor of a house to direct defensive artillery fire. At 0800 hours, Lieutenant Fox reported that the Germans were in the streets and attacking in strength. He then called for defensive artillery fire to slow the enemy advance. As the Germans continued to press the attack towards the area that Lieutenant Fox occupied, he adjusted the artillery fire closer to his position. Finally he was warned that the next adjustment would bring the deadly artillery right on top of his position. After acknowledging the danger, Lieutenant Fox insisted that the last adjustment be fired as this was the only way to defeat the attacking soldiers. Later, when a counterattack retook the position from the Germans, Lieutenant Fox's body was found with the bodies of approximately 100 German soldiers. Lieutenant Fox's gallant and courageous actions, at the supreme sacrifice of his own life, contributed greatly to delaying the enemy advance until other infantry and artillery units could reorganize to repel the attack. His extraordinary valorous actions were in keeping with the most cherished traditions of military service, and reflect the utmost credit on him, his unit, and the United States Army.

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Learning to Let Go of Our Southern 'Heritage'

Learning to Let Go of Our Southern 'Heritage': "I think most Southerners know that, though. I don't think there are many Southerners left who support the flag or the statues for genuinely benign—if naive—reasons, because they've finally seen the truth, which is that it doesn't matter what these things may have once symbolized in their eyes, it matters what they mean to the rest of the country. And today, right now, all any of it stands for is hate. This shit isn't about history. Hell, most of these monuments were built in the 20th century and the stars and bars isn't even the actual flag of the Confederacy. Also ... swastikas? Really? Look I don't know who raised these assholes but I'd think their papaws wouldn't appreciate that Nazi shit.

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George Christian Pettis comes home

George Christian Pettis comes home: "Recorded with Atlanta engineer Graham Tavel and released quietly this past December under his full name, George Christian Pettis, Tallasassy finds the songwriter taking the folk leanings of 100 Watt Horse and Wowser Bowser’s warbled synths a little further while also exploring more traditional country fare. The new influences, Pettis says, are attributable to his older brother, Rayvon, whom Pettis lived with in the midst of a “crisis of faith.”

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ดอกไม้ในที่ลับตา ver. นั่งเล่น ในสวน - YouTube

ดอกไม้ในที่ลับตา ver. นั่งเล่น ในสวน - YouTube:



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Violent Alt-Right Chats Could Be Key to Charlottesville Lawsuits | WIRED

Violent Alt-Right Chats Could Be Key to Charlottesville Lawsuits | WIRED: "On the recording, Mosley says, “Going up to, like, MSNBC and them interviewing you and you saying like, ‘Yeah, I actually think we should kill every nonwhite on the planet’ … like, again, I don’t necessarily like have an issue with listening to that on a podcast or whatever, but if you are gonna do something like that, even if it’s your true belief, that’s not the objective of this rally.”
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25 August, 2017

‘I Alone Can Fix It’ Becomes ‘It’s Not My Fault’

‘I Alone Can Fix It’ Becomes ‘It’s Not My Fault’: "Populists define political problems as very simple, denying the existence of complex tradeoffs. They envision the political system as pitting a unified people (or, in certain herrenvolk varieties of populism, as a unified racial subset of the people) against a nefarious elite. The dilemma is that the promise of easy solutions can help win an election, but it does not translate into governing. Populists generally either radically depart from their platform, resort to authoritarianism to consolidate their power, or fail. "



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24 August, 2017

The troubled legacy of the 2016 Rio Olympics | Miami Herald

The troubled legacy of the 2016 Rio Olympics | Miami Herald: "While the competition itself and the party Rio threw for fans from around the world was considered a success, and the city got an important boost to its transportation system as a result of the Games, the sports facilities have languished as Brazil struggles to emerge from a prolonged recession.

“They are all fulfilling their destiny as white elephants just as people thought they would,” said Lúcio de Castro, an investigative sports journalist who writes the Sportlight blog. Most of the Olympic facilities aren’t in use, or are only being used sporadically."



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23 August, 2017

I was detained for protesting Trump. Here’s what the Secret Service asked me. - The Washington Post

I was detained for protesting Trump. Here’s what the Secret Service asked me. - The Washington Post: "It was clear right away that these officials wouldn’t see me the way I see myself: as a reasonably responsible, skilled nonviolent political operative who works on a mix of electoral and issues campaigns. To them, I was clearly a threat to national security. It felt like an interrogation on “Homeland.” Here are my favorite parts of the conversation, as I remember them.

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FACT CHECK: Has the Secret Service Gone 'Broke' Paying Agents to Protect the Trump Family?

FACT CHECK: Has the Secret Service Gone 'Broke' Paying Agents to Protect the Trump Family?: "What is true is that Secret Service Director Randolph Alles predicts that by the end of 2017, some 1,100 employees will have worked at least some overtime hours above the current federal pay cap. According to an agency spokesperson, the Secret Service currently has around 6,700 employees, roughly 3,300 of whom are special agents. The current biweekly pay cap is based on compensation of $161,900 per year for special agents and uniformed division officers.

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Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis? - The Atlantic

Is the World Slouching Toward a Grave Systemic Crisis? - The Atlantic:

Especially since 9/11, the danger of catastrophic terrorism has turned America’s global strategic priorities upside-down. Terrorists tend to flourish in the broken ‘wilderness’ areas of the world. These are just the places that therefore are leastlikely to change the course of world history in any positive way.

These places draw huge amounts of our attention, resources, and energy. From the perspective of global strategy, not only is this all playing defense, it is actually anti-strategic—the most important power in the world concentrating on the leastimportant places.


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A Reminder of the "Deep Story"

I Spent 5 Years With Some of Trump’s Biggest Fans. Here’s What They Won’t Tell You. – Mother Jones: "You are patiently standing in the middle of a long line stretching toward the horizon, where the American Dream awaits. But as you wait, you see people cutting in line ahead of you. Many of these line-cutters are black—beneficiaries of affirmative action or welfare. Some are career-driven women pushing into jobs they never had before. Then you see immigrants, Mexicans, Somalis, the Syrian refugees yet to come. As you wait in this unmoving line, you’re being asked to feel sorry for them all. You have a good heart. But who is deciding who you should feel compassion for? Then you see President Barack Hussein Obama waving the line-cutters forward. He’s on their side. In fact, isn’t he a line-cutter too? How did this fatherless black guy pay for Harvard? As you wait your turn, Obama is using the money in your pocket to help the line-cutters. He and his liberal backers have removed the shame from taking. The government has become an instrument for redistributing your money to the undeserving. It’s not your government anymore; it’s theirs.

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Satan's Accountant

Satan's Accountant: "Even before the showdown in Texas, Bruce Wisan was trying to save the Mormon polygamists from their power-mad leader. But they believe Wisan was sent by the devil, which is making the job infernally hard.
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Incomes have been stagnant or falling for millions of Americans - Business Insider

Incomes have been stagnant or falling for millions of Americans - Business Insider:

A new paper titled "Lifetime Incomes in the United States over Six Decades" sheds some fairly definitive light on the lack of economic progress millions of Americans have experienced.
Among the most striking findings, published by the National Bureau of Economic Research and summarized here: The median male who turned 55 in 2013 earned $136,400 less in lifetime income, measured in 2013 dollars, than a 55-year-old 16 years earlier.


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Here’s What Russia’s Propaganda Network Wants You to Read - POLITICO Magazine

Here’s What Russia’s Propaganda Network Wants You to Read - POLITICO Magazine: "The network promotes a selective worldview of Western societies in decline, suffused with crime, chaos and conspiracy, and a Russia (and a Russian president) filled with strength and integrity. It produces some original content and amplifies content produced by other people, scouring the Internet for messages that tear down confidence in democracies, while absolving Russia and its allies from any hint of wrongdoing.

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22 August, 2017

lord_mayor_of_reddit comments on American children learn all about the "patriots" and their so-called struggle for liberty against British rule, but who were the most famous loyalists? I would like to know the pro-British perspective.

lord_mayor_of_reddit comments on American children learn all about the "patriots" and their so-called struggle for liberty against British rule, but who were the most famous loyalists? I would like to know the pro-British perspective.:

For 140 years, Massachusetts had local authority over all tax issues, and the law had been respected that way. This is how it had been done under the original Plymouth charter, and after a re-org in 1686 revoked that charter which ended in a rebellion in Boston with the colonial governor captured, a new Massachusetts charter was issued in 1691.
Under this new charter, Parliament and the King of England had the right to "impose and levy proportionable and reasonable assessments, rates, and taxes upon the estates and persons" of Massachusetts as long as these new laws were "issued and disposed of by warrant under the hand of the Governor of [Massachusetts] with the advice and consent of the Council [i.e., the Massachusetts colonial legislature] for our service in the necessary defence and support of our Government of [Massachusetts] and the protection and preservation of the inhabitants there".
In other words, the only way that Parliament and the King could raise taxes on the people of Massachusetts was to get authorization from the Massachusetts government.
This is how it had worked for 140 years, and this is what the law said, as the colonists understood it. And this is how Parliament had respected it for those 140 years as well. But now after the French and Indian War, Parliament began passing a series of laws that were essentially backdoor ways to tax the Thirteen Colonies, including Massachusetts. These schemes got more and more convoluted, including the Stamp Act, the Sugar Act, and the Tea Act among them.
Since Massachusetts couldn't sue, they did what they could do which was petition the King. Parliament would back off, then pass something else which again violated the charter of Massachusetts, and Massachusetts would again have to petition the King. This began to escalate to the point that Parliament began to specifically target Massachusetts, which is what some of the Intolerable Acts were.
The Boston Port Act punished Massachusetts specifically because of their reaction to the illegal Tea Act. But more egregious than that was the Massachusetts Government Act, which revoked the Massachusetts charter and brought the colony under the authority of the King.
This completely undermined the basis of the rule of law in the Thirteen Colonies. Up until then, the laws were based on the colonial charters, which were contracts between the people of the respective colonies and the King.


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William Tecumseh Sherman to Atlanta : "War is Hell"

William Tecumseh Sherman to Atlanta : "War is Hell":

  You might as well appeal against the thunder-storm as against these terrible hardships of war. They are inevitable, and the only way the people of Atlanta can hope once more to live in peace and quiet at home, is to stop the war, which can only be done by admitting that it began in error and is perpetuated in pride.
      We don't want your Negroes, or your horses, or your lands, or any thing you have, but we do want and will have a just obedience to the laws of the United States. That we will have, and if it involved the destruction of your improvements, we cannot help it.


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A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ

A Most American Terrorist: The Making Of Dylann Roof | GQ: "Their vitriol was warranted but also unexpected, since in most of the press coverage of the shooting it had largely been erased. Almost every white person I spoke with in Charleston during the trial praised the church's resounding forgiveness of the young white man who shot their members down. The forgiveness was an absolution of everything. No one made mention that this forgiveness was individual, not collective. Some of the victims and their families forgave him, and some of them did not. No one acknowledged that Dylann Roof had not once apologized, shown any remorse, or asked for this forgiveness. Or the fact that with 573 days to think about his crime, Dylann Roof stood in front of the jurors and, with that thick, slow tongue of his, said without any hesitation whatsoever, “I felt like I had to do it, and I still feel like I had to do it.”
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Why Even Nazis Deserve Free Speech - POLITICO Magazine

Why Even Nazis Deserve Free Speech - POLITICO Magazine: "What’s to account for this shift? One of our theories is that this generation of students comprises the children of students who went to college during the first great age of campus speech codes that spanned from the late 1980s through the early 90s. This is when colleges and universities first began writing over-broad and vague policies to regulate allegedly racist and sexist speech. Although that movement failed in the court of law, these codes have stubbornly persisted, and the view that freedom of speech is the last refuge of the “three Bs”—the bully, the bigot and the robber baron—found a home in classrooms.

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