16 June, 2018

My dad didn't step out of a sitcom (opinion) - CNN

My dad didn't step out of a sitcom (opinion) - CNN:

Ron Drucker was a passionate, emotional man. Even when he didn't yell, his booming baritone voice spoke with such definitive authority that he might as well have been yelling, as far as I was concerned.
He wasn't the easiest man to live with, to say the least. I didn't agree with everything he did. I didn't like everything he did, and our relationship could be contentious. As I grew into adulthood, that meant that when he yelled, I yelled right back.
But my father lived his life with integrity.


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I Went To A Conference Full Of Conservatives Who Hated My Guts — And Told Me So

I Went To A Conference Full Of Conservatives Who Hated My Guts — And Told Me So: "A number of attendees asked me not to make any conclusions about the group by the acts of a few, to “judge on the individual, not on the group.” They all demurred when I suggested that instead of telling me they didn’t like the rhetoric, to tell the organizers, or Levant himself, who was circulating throughout the audience during the day. By having it on the record that they felt bad, they had fulfilled their social obligation: Getting too personal is unfair, but trying to hold people accountable for it was more than they were willing to do. No one at The Rebel Live wanted to admit that they had laughed the first few times Levant or Hopkins or Menzies made comments about me.

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Put the Kids to Bed | by Kasper Schmeichel

Put the Kids to Bed | by Kasper Schmeichel: "Coming in from the playoffs, I think we’re a bit under-the-radar in this World Cup. As Danes, that suits us quite well, actually. But we’re all just excited to get on the plane and get it started. It has been a very long wait for many of us players to play in a World Cup.

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13 June, 2018

itty53 comments on TIL that gaslighting is the act of deliberately driving someone crazy by altering the environment and denying their sense of reality

itty53 comments on TIL that gaslighting is the act of deliberately driving someone crazy by altering the environment and denying their sense of reality:

This was the MO/Strategy of the Russian troll farms.
The idea is pretty simple: By imitating "normal Americans" and then espousing radical and extreme ideas, they were convincing real normal americans that those radical and extreme ideas were "normal american" ideas.
The idea was to drive people farther towards their fringe elements. If you were left of center, they wanted you to see prejudice, sexism and racism in everything and everyone. Right of center, they wanted you to see America "under attack from all sides" by Muslims, Liberals, whatever. If you're black, they wanted to convince you the problem is white people. If you're white, they wanted to convince you the problem was black people. They wanted to create more extremists, thereby destabalizing the nation.


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Fyre Festival Organizer Sold Fake Tickets While Out on Bail, U.S. Says - The New York Times

Fyre Festival Organizer Sold Fake Tickets While Out on Bail, U.S. Says - The New York Times: "The disgraced organizer of the Fyre Festival, who was charged last year with wire fraud in connection to the failed event, ran a fraudulent ticket-selling scam for several months while he was out on bail and now faces new charges, federal prosecutors said on Tuesday.

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12 June, 2018

The man who has focused on one word for 23 years - BBC News

The man who has focused on one word for 23 years - BBC News: "In all his time working on the dispute, there has been only one moment when Nimetz united both sides. It was at an unlikely time too, when Macedonia was putting up numerous statues of Alexander the Great in its cities, and had named its main airport after him, causing outrage in Greece.

"When that was happening, I said to a reporter from Skopje, 'I can't understand all this, because Alexander the Great was a great military leader, but he destroyed so much and killed so many people.' Well, I got hell for that - from all sides. I almost resigned."

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11 June, 2018

Pastor Mike Stone, new SBC Executive Committee Chairman, answers some probing questions - Christian Index

Pastor Mike Stone, new SBC Executive Committee Chairman, answers some probing questions - Christian Index: "I have been amazed at key pastors and leaders who jump on an issue with little to no investigation of the facts. The rush to judgment, the propensity to condemn, and the consistent assignment of motives hold the potential to destroy this convention in a way soteriological arguments never could. We might reasonably expect such behavior from our children. But not from our leaders.

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Georgia church expelled from Southern Baptist Convention over racial discrimination charges

Georgia church expelled from Southern Baptist Convention over racial discrimination charges:

DALLAS — A Georgia church was expelled from the Southern Baptist Convention on Monday over charges of racism. 
The convention's executive committee voted to withdraw fellowship from Raleigh White Baptist Church during its morning meeting in Dallas, said Roger S. Oldham, the committee's spokesman. 


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einTier comments on Donald Trump accuses India of charging 100% tariff, says trade might stop

MonsenorTickles comments on Donald Trump accuses India of charging 100% tariff, says trade might stop:

We joked in the 1970's about the "robots coming to take your job" but it really happened. Slowly, over the course of a few decades, and then all at once in the last ten years. This is what failing towns and blue collar workers are feeling. I see it in my hometown. The refineries used to provide all the capital for the area. If you didn't work for them directly, you did something to support the people who did -- you educated their children, you ran the grocery stores that fed everyone, you ran the bank so workers could deposit their checks.
Today, the refinery my father worked in produces about ten times the amount of refined petroleum that it did when he started there in 1960. One problem, it does it with a tenth of the workforce. It used to employ 15,000+ people, now it employs 1200. In a metro area of over 400,000 people (200k in 1960), it's no longer a major employer though people think it is.
What this means is that many of the 1200 people that work there make far less than the people who did that job before them, because there's a lot competition for the low-skilled, low-education jobs. In the 60's and 70's, you could work out there with your manual labor and make a damn good living. Not so today.


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08 June, 2018

Maine Voters to Rank All Candidates Rather Than Pick One - WSJ

Maine Voters to Rank All Candidates Rather Than Pick One - WSJ: "Maine voters will be able to choose more than one candidate in crowded primaries Tuesday, including contests for the governor’s race.

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06 June, 2018

Opinion | Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich) - The New York Times

Opinion | Top Colleges Are Cheaper Than You Think (Unless You’re Rich) - The New York Times: "Typical lower-income students – from a family earning $50,000 or less, for example – face an annual bill of $6,000. Students can often cover that cost through part-time work and a small annual loan, without their parents having to pay additional money.

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White Manager Pleads Guilty to Forcing Black Cook to Work for Years Without Pay - The New York Times

White Manager Pleads Guilty to Forcing Black Cook to Work for Years Without Pay - The New York Times: "Mr. Edwards, who could face up to 20 years in prison when he is sentenced, admitted that while he was in charge, from 2009 to 2014, he beat Mr. Smith with a belt, punched him, hit him with pots and pans and burned Mr. Smith’s bare neck with hot tongs, according to a Justice Department statement released on Tuesday. He also used abusive language and racial epithets against Mr. Smith.

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