20 August, 2017

Mark Lilla Vs. Identity Politics | The American Conservative

Mark Lilla Vs. Identity Politics | The American Conservative: "There is a reason why the leaders of the Civil Rights Movement did not talk about identity the way black activists do today, and it was not cowardice or a failure to be woke. The movement shamed America into action by consciously appealing to what we share, so that it became harder for white Americans to keep two sets of books, psychologically speaking: one for “Americans” and one for “Negroes.” That those leaders did not achieve complete success does not mean that they failed, nor does it prove that a different approach is now necessary. There is no other approach likely to succeed. Certainly not one that demands that white Americans confess their personal sins and agree in every case on what constitutes discrimination or racism today. In democratic politics it is suicidal to set the bar for agreement higher than necessary for winning adherents and elections.

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Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots | Technology | The Guardian

Elon Musk leads 116 experts calling for outright ban on killer robots | Technology | The Guardian: "ome of the world’s leading robotics and artificial intelligence pioneers are calling on the United Nations to ban the development and use of killer robots.

Tesla’s Elon Musk and Google’s Mustafa Suleyman are leading a group of 116 specialists from across 26 countries who are calling for the ban on autonomous weapons."



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David Wagner salutes ‘brave’ Huddersfield after second successive win | Football | The Guardian

David Wagner salutes ‘brave’ Huddersfield after second successive win | Football | The Guardian:

Huddersfield Town went second in the table with their second win in the Premier League, proving their German manager David Wagner’s theory that anything is possible in football.
“I always say that to the players and now we are the living proof,” the Huddersfield manager said after Aaron Mooy’s superb shot five minutes after half-time sealed the victory. “I did not expect to be here but we must not forget that while we have had two great results we are still only two games into the season. All we want to do is to be brave in every single game and we have done that so far.


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(4) As a white mother of two black children, three... - Kate Riffle Roper

(4) As a white mother of two black children, three... - Kate Riffle Roper: "Now my boys look like teenagers. Black teenagers. They are 13. Let me ask you these questions. Do store personnel follow your children when they are picking out their Gatorade flavors? They didn’t follow my white kids. Do coffee shop employees interrogate your children about the credit card they are using to pay while you are in the bathroom? They didn’t interrogate my white kids. When your kids trick-or-treat in, dressed as a Ninja and a Clown, do they get asked who they are with and where they live, door after door? My white kids didn’t get asked. Do your kids get pulled out of the TSA line time and again for additional screening? My white kids didn’t. Do your kids get treated one way when they are standing alone but get treated a completely different way when you walk up? I mean a completely different way. My white kids didn’t. Do shoe sales people ask if your kids’ feet are clean before sizing them for shoes? No one asked me that with my white kids. Do complete strangers ask to touch your child’s hair? Or ask about their penis size? Or ask if they are “from druggies”? No one did this with my white kids.
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Mother of two black and three white kids' post on racism is a must read

Mother of two black and three white kids' post on racism is a must read:

Do coffee shop employees interrogate your children about the credit card they are using to pay while you are in the bathroom? They don't interrogate my white kids. When your kids go for trick-or-treat, dressed as a Ninja and a clown, do they get asked who they are with and where they live, door-after-door? My white kids don't get asked.
Do your kids get pulled out of the TSA line time and again for additional screening? My white kids don't.
Do your kids get treated one way when they are standing alone but get treated a completely different way when you walk up? I mean a completely different way. My white kids don't.
Do shoe sales people ask if your kids' feet are clean before sizing them for shoes? No one ask my white kids that. Do complete strangers ask to touch your child's hair? Or ask if they are "from druggies"? No one does this with my white kids.
Do you have to tell your kids not to fight back because they will be seen as aggressive if they stand up for themselves?


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18 August, 2017

DefinitelyNotDNDH comments on Dan Harmon explodes wayy better than Alex Jones

DefinitelyNotDNDH comments on Dan Harmon explodes wayy better than Alex Jones: "For me, the conversations stop when we can't agree on basic facts. The heartbreaking thing about BLM is that it began when people had actual video evidence of the kind of out of control racist police violence that black people have been talking about for decades, and still white people want to justify it. These "conversations" only lead to acceptance of evil. On the day the videos come out, everyone is outraged. Some voices call for calm. Then, slowly, voices call for alternative reasons. Eventually, every single time, nobody is convicted, and they are rarely prosecuted. For murder, murder that I can see with my own eyes being committed by men in uniform.
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17 August, 2017

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age? | The Spectator

Why can’t we see that we’re living in a golden age? | The Spectator: "If you think that there has never been a better time to be alive — that humanity has never been safer, healthier, more prosperous or less unequal — then you’re in the minority. But that is what the evidence incontrovertibly shows. Poverty, malnutrition, illiteracy, child labour and infant mortality are falling faster than at any other time in human history. The risk of being caught up in a war, subjected to a dictatorship or of dying in a natural disaster is smaller than ever. The golden age is now.

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16 August, 2017

Who are the antifa?

Who are the antifa?:


Antifascists argue that after the horrors of chattel slavery and the Holocaust, physical violence against white supremacists is both ethically justifiable and strategically effective. We should not, they argue, abstractly assess the ethical status of violence in the absence of the values and context behind it. 



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Robert E. Lee - Wikipedia

Robert E. Lee - Wikipedia: "When Virginia declared its secession from the Union in April 1861, Lee chose to follow his home state, despite his desire for the country to remain intact and an offer of a senior Union command.[1] During the first year of the Civil War, Lee served as a senior military adviser to President Jefferson Davis. Once he took command of the main field army in 1862 he soon emerged as a shrewd tactician and battlefield commander, winning most of his battles, all against far superior Union armies.[2][3] Lee's strategic foresight was more questionable, and both of his major offensives into Union territory ended in defeat.[4][5][6] Lee's aggressive tactics, which resulted in high casualties at a time when the Confederacy had a shortage of manpower, have come under criticism in recent years.[7] Lee surrendered his entire army to Ulysses S. Grant at Appomattox Court House on April 9, 1865. By this time, Lee had assumed supreme command of the remaining Southern armies; other Confederate forces swiftly capitulated after his surrender. Lee rejected the proposal of a sustained insurgency against the Union and called for reconciliation between the two sides.

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Why We Terminated Daily Stormer

Why We Terminated Daily Stormer:

Earlier today, Cloudflare terminated the account of the Daily Stormer. We've stopped proxying their traffic and stopped answering DNS requests for their sites. We've taken measures to ensure that they cannot sign up for Cloudflare's services ever again.
Our terms of service reserve the right for us to terminate users of our network at our sole discretion. The tipping point for us making this decision was that the team behind Daily Stormer made the claim that we were secretly supporters of their ideology.
Our team has been thorough and have had thoughtful discussions for years about what the right policy was on censoring. Like a lot of people, we’ve felt angry at these hateful people for a long time but we have followed the law and remained content neutral as a network. We could not remain neutral after these claims of secret support by Cloudflare.
Now, having made that decision, let me explain why it's so dangerous.


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15 August, 2017

Four Castaways Make a Family - The New York Times

Four Castaways Make a Family - The New York Times:

By adopting from foster care, I became the mother I had needed and rewrote my own story. I got to have a childhood all over again, the right one, filled with cuddles and perseverance, safety and love. If there is such a thing as a cycle of abuse, I broke it over the wheel of my own desire.
It has been 20 years since I first adopted. Luppi, Tony and Markel are now thriving and well adjusted, working and going to school. If you met them, you wouldn’t guess their histories. But if they told you, that would be O.K., too, because there is nothing shameful about their pasts, or mine.
Recently we took a family vacation, flying from Oregon to Phoenix for four days. The kids horsed around in the pool, and I took a lot of pictures of them, grinning and full of life.
My caseworker had said all those years ago that I would be just right for them. As it turned out, they were just right for me.


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Saudi Arabia's missing princes - BBC News

Saudi Arabia's missing princes - BBC News: "In the last two years, three Saudi princes living in Europe have disappeared. All were critical of the Saudi government - and there is evidence that all were abducted and flown back to Saudi Arabia… where nothing further has been heard from them.
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A place no-one wants to be | Correspondent

A place no-one wants to be | Correspondent: "Then two men who had come down from the overpass started to chat with me. One of them was particularly interested and understanding of what I was doing, but told me bluntly “we came down here to buy heroin, but nobody is selling because of you.” Seeing the startled look on my face, he followed up, “people are starting to get [dope] sick, because they won’t sell while you’re here.”"



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Trump and the Responsibility of Leadership | The Resurgent

Trump and the Responsibility of Leadership | The Resurgent:

White supremacy and Naziism are the twin heads of a single evil. Racism is an assault on the diversity of God’s creation. More specifically, it is an assault on God himself, whose image is imprinted on every man, woman, and child, *regardless* of their race.
This is why we must resist this evil while we can, because, unchecked, we know where it leads. We saw in played out in the events leading up to and surrounding both the Civil War and WWII.
This is also why it is particularly important for American pastors to speak directly and boldly to this issue *now*, while it is fresh in our thoughts. Pastors have the theology and the platform to make a very real difference—but *only* if they use it.
People need to be educated. More importantly, they need a solid, theological foundation for their resistance.


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How "Nice White People" Benefit from Charlottesville and White Supremacy | Teen Vogue

How "Nice White People" Benefit from Charlottesville and White Supremacy | Teen Vogue: "The protest — proudly accessorized with swastikas, Confederate flags, and an unabridged thesaurus of slurs — was perhaps the most grotesque manifestation of bigotry since the 2016 election. For “nice white people” who felt a ton of compassion for the minorities in the 2006 Oscar-winning film Crash, it may be tempting to write Charlottesville off as a fringe act, when truly it is emblematic of a disease plaguing every member of this society. The vile hate we saw this weekend is enabled by a far quieter refusal to fight against white supremacy and an accompanying willingness to reap its benefits. You can participate in white supremacy without carrying a tiki torch for racism.
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14 August, 2017

Two Blocks From the Culture War: A Local Perspective on Charlottesville - Lawfare

Two Blocks From the Culture War: A Local Perspective on Charlottesville - Lawfare:

My wife and I took our daughters for a walk around the protests, four blocks south, to the farmer’s market on the other side of the historic, bricked, pedestrian-only Downtown Mall. Immediately, we felt the sense of danger as fully armed white supremacist protestors walked dangerously close to counter-protestors. Taunts were already being hurled in both directions.
When we arrived at the market, we were surprised to find it eerily quiet. The market is usually packed on a Saturday morning. Row after row of beautiful heirloom tomatoes sat undisturbed, in a rainbow array of colors. Bread stands and coffee stands and local artisans had plenty of product and not enough customers.


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Black man convinces 200 Ku Klux Klansmen to leave white supremacist group by befriending them | The Independent

Black man convinces 200 Ku Klux Klansmen to leave white supremacist group by befriending them | The Independent:

A black man says he has accidentally persuaded around 200 white racists to abandon the Klu Klux Klan simply by befriending them.
Blues musician Daryl Davis has travelled the US for around three decades, actively seeking out white supremacists as a hobby.
In a new documentary, out this month, the 58-year-old can be seen sitting down beside and joking with cloaked members.


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stoicsilence comments on Americans, would you ever consider a foreigner an American? At what point would you make this distinction?

stoicsilence comments on Americans, would you ever consider a foreigner an American? At what point would you make this distinction?:

Tens of thousands even hundreds of thousands of Americans are born every year around the world.
They just haven't come home yet.


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NASA is defiantly communicating climate change science despite Trump’s doubts - The Washington Post

NASA is defiantly communicating climate change science despite Trump’s doubts - The Washington Post: "One does wonder whether NASA will be an enduring safe-haven for climate change science information and if it will continue to post information that contradicts the positions of administration officials. But so far, no one has stopped it.

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Bombing Plot in Oklahoma City Is Thwarted With Arrest, F.B.I. Says - The New York Times

Bombing Plot in Oklahoma City Is Thwarted With Arrest, F.B.I. Says - The New York Times:

A 23-year-old Oklahoma man has been arrested after he tried to blow up a bank in downtown Oklahoma City using a vehicle bomb similar to the one that destroyed the federal building there in 1995, federal officials said Monday.
The man, Jerry Drake Varnell, had been plotting the attack for months, the authorities said, but was thwarted by a long-running undercover investigation led by an F.B.I. joint terrorism task force.
Mr. Varnell was arrested early Saturday after he parked a van loaded with what he believed to be a working explosive device in an alley next to the bank, and then dialed a number on a cellphone that he thought would set it off, federal officials said. The device was inert and could not explode, the officials said.


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These 3 barriers make it hard for policymakers to use the evidence that development researchers produce - The Washington Post

These 3 barriers make it hard for policymakers to use the evidence that development researchers produce - The Washington Post:


In international development, the “evidence revolution” has generated a surge in policy research over the past two decades. We now have a clearer idea of what works and what doesn’t. In India, performance pay for teachers works: students in schools where bonuses were on offer got significantly higher test scores. In Kenya, charging small fees for malaria bed nets doesn’t work — and is actually less cost-effective than free distribution. The American Economic Association’s registry for randomized controlled trials now lists 1,287 studies in 106 countries, many of which are testing policies that very well may be expanded.
But can policymakers put this evidence to use?


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French President Emmanuel Macron's fall from grace, explained - Vox

French President Emmanuel Macron's fall from grace, explained - Vox:

When centrist Emmanuel Macron trounced far-right candidate Marine Le Pen in France's presidential election, Europe was simultaneously relieved and excited by the possible emergence of a new and charismatic champion of the values of tolerance and openness.
Three short months later, Macron’s shine has dulled, his domestic popularity has plummeted, and critics are beginning to argue that the inexperience and inclinations of France’s new leader may be a bigger liability than they initially thought.
The youngest president in modern French history, Macron has made a series of missteps that have led the French army’s top general to quit, turned the public against his wife, angered students and advocates for the poor, and surprised those who hadn’t realized that Macron wouldn’t play nicely with the country’s boisterous and aggressive press corps. He’s been called too authoritarian in his instincts, and too elitist in his approach.


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Don’t Ever Forget This Single Image from Charlottesville | The Resurgent

Don’t Ever Forget This Single Image from Charlottesville | The Resurgent: "The next time you are tempted to question the restraint and character of our police, remember this picture of Officer Nash. Remember him standing stoic in the face of hateful souls, stalwart in his commitment to protect even them.

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