22 July, 2018

Craig Caplan on Twitter: "FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush to be US District Court Judge for DC. She was confirmed by Senate in 2002 by unanimous consent, requested by Majority Leader Reid with Senator Schumer presiding (#1072). https://t.co/2kVE7nNPQt… https://t.co/YwsHgLWVHq"

Craig Caplan on Twitter: "FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush to be US District Court Judge for DC. She was confirmed by Senate in 2002 by unanimous consent, requested by Majority Leader Reid with Senator Schumer presiding (#1072). https://t.co/2kVE7nNPQt… https://t.co/YwsHgLWVHq": "FISA Court Judge Rosemary Collyer was nominated by President George W. Bush to be US District Court Judge for DC. She was confirmed by Senate in 2002 by unanimous consent, requested by Majority Leader Reid with Senator Schumer presiding (#1072)."



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Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest - The Atlantic

Winners of the 2018 National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year Contest - The Atlantic: "The winning images have been selected from this year’s edition of the National Geographic Travel Photographer of the Year competition, with the grand prize being awarded to Reiko Takahashi for her image of a humpback whale calf swimming near Japan’s Kumejima Island. National Geographic was kind enough to share some of the winning entries with us here, gathered from three categories: Nature, Cities, and People. "



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21 July, 2018

Wrongfully Convicted Isaac Wright Jr Returns To The Same Courtroom As An Attorney

Wrongfully Convicted Isaac Wright Jr Returns To The Same Courtroom As An Attorney: "The Newark, New Jersey, law firm of Hunt, Hamlin & Ridley has tapped the legal services of Isaac Wright, Jr. — once wrongfully accused and convicted of being the mastermind behind one of the largest drug distribution networks in the New York/New Jersey areas — to act as co-counsel in the defense of Isaiah Bell.

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20 July, 2018

We Have Always Lived in the House

We Have Always Lived in the House:




It was a good house, the one where we lived together as a family. It was — still is — a white colonial with black shutters in Loudonville, New York, a small suburban hamlet just outside Albany. Built in the 1920s, it was old but solid with a strong foundation and sturdy walls that housed a perfectly wonderful childhood. I was happy there with my parents and my older sister, and we did what most families do in their houses: We built memories. We built them not knowing at the time they would become memories. That someday in the not-too-distant future we’d look back on those times in the house and wonder where it all went. Wonder who we were in that house, and if those people living that life could have in fact been us.
But it was us. In that house.
And the house would be the last place I’d see my mother alive.


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18 July, 2018

Barack Obama’s Nelson Mandela Lecture | The New Yorker

Barack Obama’s Nelson Mandela Lecture | The New Yorker:

Which is why, at the end of the twentieth century, while some Western commentators were declaring the end of history and the inevitable triumph of liberal democracy and the virtues of the global supply chain, so many missed signs of a brewing backlash—a backlash that arrived in so many forms. It announced itself most violently with 9/11 and the emergence of transnational terrorist networks, fuelled by an ideology that perverted one of the world’s great religions and asserted a struggle not just between Islam and the West but between Islam and modernity. An ill-advised U.S. invasion of Iraq didn’t help, accelerating a sectarian conflict.
Russia, already humiliated by its reduced influence since the collapse of the Soviet Union, feeling threatened by democratic movements along its borders, suddenly started reasserting authoritarian control and, in some cases, meddling with its neighbors. China, emboldened by its economic success, started bristling against criticism of its human-rights record; it framed the promotion of universal values as nothing more than foreign meddling, imperialism under a new name.



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17 July, 2018

Why Did Hayek Support a Basic Income? | Libertarianism.org

Why Did Hayek Support a Basic Income? | Libertarianism.org: "If libertarians are concerned to protect the freedom of all, and not just the freedom of most, we will want some mechanism that catches those who fall through the cracks left by imperfect market competition. We will want, too, some mechanism for protecting individuals whose economic vulnerability renders them vulnerable to domination outside the marketplace – the woman, for example, who stays with her abusive husband because she lacks the financial resources to support herself without him.

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14 July, 2018

Why Didn’t America Become Part of the Modern World?

Why Didn’t America Become Part of the Modern World?: "So these great minds set about rebuilding a world — yes, a whole world — which would be free of poverty. The explicit goal was to end war forever. "



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Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News : NPR

Russian Influence Campaign Sought To Exploit Americans' Trust In Local News : NPR:



Another twist: These accounts apparently never spread misinformation. In fact, they posted real local news, serving as sleeper accounts building trust and readership for some future, unforeseen effort.




"They set them up for a reason. And if at any given moment, they wanted to operationalize this network of what seemed to be local American news handles, they can significantly influence the narrative on a breaking news story," Schafer told NPR. "But now instead of just showing up online and flooding it with news sites, they have these accounts with two years of credible history.


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'We don't know how it worked': the inside story of the Thai cave rescue | News | The Guardian

'We don't know how it worked': the inside story of the Thai cave rescue | News | The Guardian:

Rasmussen does not have a spiritual explanation, but agrees the timing was eerie. “That everything breaks down as soon as everybody’s safe? It’s just weird,” he said.
The cave is now empty again, flooded and inaccessible. Divers will need to return in five months to collect their equipment.
Rasmussen said he would seek out two particular boulders that had bothered him. “I’m going to find them and spit on them,” he said. “They spent the week banging my toes and head.”


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The death of truth: how we gave up on facts and ended up with Trump | Books | The Guardian

The death of truth: how we gave up on facts and ended up with Trump | Books | The Guardian: "For decades now, objectivity – or even the idea that people can aspire toward ascertaining the best available truth – has been falling out of favour. Daniel Patrick Moynihan’s well-known observation that “Everyone is entitled to his own opinion, but not to his own facts” is more timely than ever: polarisation has grown so extreme that voters have a hard time even agreeing on the same facts. This has been exponentially accelerated by social media, which connects users with like-minded members and supplies them with customised news feeds that reinforce their preconceptions, allowing them to live in ever narrower silos.

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13 July, 2018

ishitar comments on Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier

ishitar comments on Iceberg 4 miles wide breaks off from Greenland glacier: "And so here we come to the coup de grace. At any time it seems the house of cards could come tumbling due to all these converging factors and modern society would collapse, perhaps resulting in the deaths of hundreds of millions to billions. Bad, but maybe survivable for the human race. However, in geologic time we have detected prior mass extinctions and the mechanisms for these extinctions is not well understood. Both AGW deniers and “believers” have been intimately focused on CO2: massive historical CO2 concentrations, sunspots, Maunder minimums, little ice ages. Few people focus on the methane - and we look above and see how many feedbacks with methane there are and the fact that methane is 86 times more potent a greenhouse gas in large burps as CO2 (25 times as bad accumulated over 100 year period) and we say ruh roh.

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