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 na├»ve 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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