19 April, 2018

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody on Being Madly in Love

Mandy Patinkin and Kathryn Grody on Being Madly in Love: "MP: I never experienced unconditional love until I met her. [He tears up.]

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What Comes After The Social Media Empires

What Comes After The Social Media Empires:

It’s a truism in Washington that Congress typically gets around to solving a problem only after it’s too late. We were riveted by the Facebook hearings last week. But it is possible that scale and centralization are just yesterday’s and today’s problems in this landscape of media and politics. Tomorrow’s may involve the birth of a fragmented new ecosystem with no Silicon Valley headquarters and no executives to grill.



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17 April, 2018

Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet

Jaron Lanier Interview on What Went Wrong With the Internet:

To me, one of the patterns we see that makes the world go wrong is when somebody acts as if they aren’t powerful when they actually are powerful. So if you’re still reacting against whatever you used to struggle for, but actually you’re in control, then you end up creating great damage in the world.



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Cause of Death - Reality vs. Google vs. Media - GIF on Imgur

Cause of Death - Reality vs. Google vs. Media - GIF on Imgur:

This animation shows the percentage share of top causes averaged from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (1999-2016), Google search trends (2004-2016), and headlines from the Guardian and New York Times (2004-2016). The data was collected by Hasan Al-Jamaly, Maximillian Siemers, Owen Shen, and Nicole Stone for their in-depth write up here: https://www.reddit.com/r/dataisbeautiful/comments/8cmvms/death_reality_vs_reported/. All credit for the data goes to them.



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15 April, 2018

Trial of American pastor highlights strained U.S.-Turkish alliance - The Washington Post

Trial of American pastor highlights strained U.S.-Turkish alliance - The Washington Post: " The pastor, Andrew Brunson, was detained in October 2016 during a large-scale wave of arrests by the authorities after a failed coup attempt in Turkey. A formal indictment — presented a year and a half after Brunson’s arrest — accused him of associating with the coup plotters and other offenses, based on evidence that his lawyer, his advocates and U.S. officials have dismissed as groundless.

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Jammersy comments on Have you guys heard of "stealthing"?

Jammersy comments on Have you guys heard of "stealthing"?:




First, "innocent until proven guilty" and "believe the victim" don't conflict, and I'll tell you why. They refer to different audiences and parts of the process.
In order for evidence to be collected and for victims to be treated appropriately for trauma, investigators, counselors, medical professionals, and the support network of the victim should behave as if the victim is telling the truth. Assuming otherwise leads to retrauma, which can undermine the victim's ability to be a competent witness for the prosecution, and can impair the collection of evidence. It's a perverse self-fulfilling cycle when disbelief prevents proper investigation and results in a failure to prosecute.
But in order to preserve the rights of the accused, the police, defense attorney, judge, and general public must treat the accused as innocent until proven otherwise.
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14 April, 2018

Opinion | What the Rich Won’t Tell You - The New York Times

Opinion | What the Rich Won’t Tell You - The New York Times: "Yet we believe that wealthy people seek visibility because those we see are, by definition, visible. In contrast, the people I spoke with expressed a deep ambivalence about identifying as affluent. Rather than brag about their money or show it off, they kept quiet about their advantages. They described themselves as “normal” people who worked hard and spent prudently, distancing themselves from common stereotypes of the wealthy as ostentatious, selfish, snobby and entitled. Ultimately, their accounts illuminate a moral stigma of privilege.

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Regarding the Freedom of Information “hack” |

Regarding the Freedom of Information “hack” |:



Remember what I said about the other installations being called “PublicPortal”? And how 6750 of the 7000 records were public anyways, and how this system is literally designed for facilitating “access to information?” Looking at it further, there are no authentication mechanisms, no password protection, no access restrictions. It’s very clear that the software is intended to serve as a public repository of documents.
It’s also very clear that there at least 250 documents improperly stored there by the province. Documents that the province had a responsibility to protect, and failed.
Mr. Big asked for a document, the server returned it, as it’s supposed to. Then asked for them all, and unluckily for him, 250 of the 7000 were “confidential.” He didn’t even try to hide, apparently having been traced by his IP address.
Was that access fraudulent? It’s for the courts to decide, but I would argue no.
Had this system been audited, or looked at by any reasonably competent security professional, this would have been fixed before it became national news and an embarrassment to the province.


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Léo Major - Wikipedia

Léo Major - Wikipedia:

Léo Major DCM & Bar (January 23, 1921 – October 12, 2008) was a French Canadian soldier in the Régiment de la Chaudière in World War II. He was the only Canadian and one of only three soldiers in the British Commonwealth to ever receive the Distinguished Conduct Medal twice in separate wars.[1]
On the night of April 13, 1945, Major single-handedly liberated the city of Zwolle in the Netherlands from German army occupation


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Learning From My Black Family – The Thinkings of Things

Learning From My Black Family – The Thinkings of Things: "I was raised in a Christian context that, in the name of vigilance against the dangers of revisionist history, actively taught it. I grew up believing that the Puritans were the pinnacle of American Christian orthodoxy and that Martin Luther King Jr. was little more than an adulterous heretic. I was taught that majority black churches were corrupted by the prosperity gospel, irreverent worship, and too many women in leadership.
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13 April, 2018

marinesol comments on Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.

marinesol comments on Russian military says that an alleged chemical attack in Syria was staged and directed by Britain.: "An epilogue. I don't know why a government would gas its own citizens, I also don't know why a country would murder a 1/4 of citizens, or why a government would continue a brutal war largely to avoid a humiliating defeat. What I know is that scientists with decades of experience in chemical weapons and who have previously called out Bullshit claims are pointing very clearly at Syria and are saying that what is happening there is not bullshit. They tell us how and who, but not why.

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12 April, 2018

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - The New York Times

Why America’s Black Mothers and Babies Are in a Life-or-Death Crisis - The New York Times:

In 1850, when the death of a baby was simply a fact of life, and babies died so often that parents avoided naming their children before their first birthdays, the United States began keeping records of infant mortality by race. That year, the reported black infant-mortality rate was 340 per 1,000; the white rate was 217 per 1,000. This black-white divide in infant mortality has been a source of both concern and debate for over a century. [...]



From 1915 through the 1990s, amid vast improvements in hygiene, nutrition, living conditions and health care, the number of babies of all races who died in the first year of life dropped by over 90 percent — a decrease unparalleled by reductions in other causes of death. But that national decline in infant mortality has since slowed. In 1960, the United States was ranked 12th among developed countries in infant mortality. Since then, with its rate largely driven by the deaths of black babies, the United States has fallen behind and now ranks 32nd out of the 35 wealthiest nations.



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Remembering WWII’s Hardest-Fought Battle: 100k Dead at Hürtgen Forest | Observer

Remembering WWII’s Hardest-Fought Battle: 100k Dead at Hürtgen Forest | Observer: "Nowhere was this reality more painful than in the Hürtgen Forest, a dark and hilly patch of woods just inside the German border next to Belgium, a 50-square-mile piece of hell for the American soldiers fighting there. Despite being the longest and hardest-fought battle for the U.S. Army in the Second World War—G.I.s moved into the forest in mid-September 1944 and didn’t clear it of the enemy until early February 1945, nearly five months later—the fight for the Hürtgen Forest has been all but forgotten. While most Americans have heard of Normandy and the Battle of the Bulge, historic victories, perhaps one citizen in a hundred would recognize the name of the battle that, according to the army’s official account, cost over 100,000 G.I.s dead, wounded, missing, and crippled by illness.

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11 April, 2018

What’s an interesting fact you know about WW2? : AskReddit

What’s an interesting fact you know about WW2? : AskReddit:

During the War, the Japanese were struggling, and failing, to produce enough of anything. But, they still felt they had a chance to win if they could just get a single large victory.
One commander (not sure on rank) remarked that he lost faith in this when he discovered that the US had 2 specially designed "Ice Cream Ships." These were boats that were formally designed to make concrete on the move and use that for building ports and air strips in the Pacific. We made too many however, so the US Brass decided to convert two of them to make ice cream to be served to US troops fighting in the pacific where they had few tastes of home. The Japanese naval officer was aghast that we had so much production that we could afford to waste money, fuel, food, and sailors on ships that had no purpose (or armaments) aside from giving our soldiers a luxury like ice cream. In the tropics. During a war that he, until then, thought his side was winning.
According to his recollections, his men were short of food, clothing, boots, ammunition, fuel, ships, guns, aircraft, training, and everything but the US had so much we could waste it on ice cream. And the fact that these ships were chosen because the giant concrete mixers came on each ship in sets of three allowing the GIs and sailors to choose between Vanilla, Chocolate, and whatever fruit was available (often frozen strawberries) was another nail in the coffin of his opinion.


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What is your go-to never-fail joke? : AskReddit

What is your go-to never-fail joke? : AskReddit:



"When does a joke become a dad joke?

When it becomes apparent."



How do you think the unthinkable? With an itheberg.

I stand corrected, said the man in the orthopaedic shoes

What's a pirate's favorite letter?
They inevitably answer "ARRRR"
Then you reply (in a piratey voice) "No, me first love be the C!"

Why did the half blind man fall into a well? He couldn’t see that well.



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