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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13 August, 2017

Defending Cville on Twitter: "Then we shook hands and left. Two people, opposite sides, both determined to fighr against Nazi ideology."

Defending Cville on Twitter: "Then we shook hands and left. Two people, opposite sides, both determined to fighr against Nazi ideology.": "Then we shook hands and left. Two people, opposite sides, both determined to fighr against Nazi ideology.
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The Three Percenters Official Statement Regarding the Violent Protests in Charlottesville | The Three Percenters

The Three Percenters Official Statement Regarding the Violent Protests in Charlottesville | The Three Percenters: "The violent protests that occurred today happened when ANTIFA and BLM showed up to counter-protest against alt-right white supremacists and Nazi groups who were scheduled to gather in Charlottesville's Emancipation Park to protest the city's decision to remove a confederate statue there. While we support and defend everyone's right to free speech, we will not align ourselves with any type of racist group. We cannot have this organization tainted by news outlets as they will most certainly report that we have aligned ourselves with white supremacists and Nazis.
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‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews - The Washington Post

‘Jews will not replace us’: Why white supremacists go after Jews - The Washington Post: "They immediately went after the Jews. At their Friday night rally at the University of Virginia, the white nationalists brandished torches and chanted anti-Semitic and Nazi slogans, including “blood and soil” (an English rendering of the Nazi “blut und boden”) and “Jews will not replace us” — all crafted to cast Jews as foreign interlopers who need to be expunged. The attendees proudly displayed giant swastikas and wore shirts emblazoned with quotes from Adolf Hitler. One banner read, “Jews are Satan’s children.”

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I witnessed the fatal attack in Charlottesville. It won't scare me into silence. - The Washington Post

I witnessed the fatal attack in Charlottesville. It won't scare me into silence. - The Washington Post: "I will never forget the sound of those bodies being hit by that car. But I won’t be intimidated, and neither will the enormous movement of people opposed to the virulent racism represented by Spencer and his crew. The incredible folks at the DSA Veterans Working Group have raised nearly $100,000 for the victims of the terrorist act, and vigils are being planned across the country for the woman who was killed.

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MRItopMD comments on Why You Trust the Internet More Than Your Doctor

MRItopMD comments on Why You Trust the Internet More Than Your Doctor: "Point being in this rant, is that people remove all and any nuance from everything, healthcare happens to be the most important scientic area to the average person, and removing nuance and adding soundbites is what society does. This makes people think they can be as informed of their care as their doctors in a matter of months which is ridiculous. I don't really think it is necessarily because so many people find other forms of medicine more appealing, as much as it being it is essentially hip to not trust doctors at all because now medical information is purpoted to be easily accessible. Here is my position, if you can't read harrisons and understand what is going on(not saying people should actually read harrisons), you don't understand your body well enough to make decisions without the consultation of your doctor. I respect their right to make stupid choices, but I won't defend them.
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Mother Of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer: 'I’m Proud Of What She Did' | HuffPost

Mother Of Charlottesville Victim Heather Heyer: 'I’m Proud Of What She Did' | HuffPost:

“I think he’s still very young, and I’m sorry he believed that hate could fix problems. Hate only brings more hate,” Bro said. “Heather was not about hate, Heather was about stopping hatred. Heather was about bringing an end to injustice.
She began to cry as she added, “I don’t want her death to be a focus for more hatred, I want her death to be a rallying cry for justice and equality and fairness and compassion. I’m very sorry that [Fields] chose that path because he has now ruined his life as well as robbed a great many of us of someone we love very much.”
“No mother wants to lose a child, but I’m proud of her,” she said. “I’m proud of what she did.”


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M.T.A. Tries a New Tack During Delays: The Truth - The New York Times

M.T.A. Tries a New Tack During Delays: The Truth - The New York Times: "On my way home from work two Thursdays ago, the No. 3 train I was riding stopped suddenly, just before the 72nd Street station.

This, on the New York City subway, was not particularly unusual. But what happened afterward was.

“Ladies and gentlemen,” began the voice over the loudspeaker, sounding rattled. “I have bad news. A passenger just jumped in front of the train.”

Several people gasped. A woman near me jerked her head up from her phone, wearing an expression of horror. We riders did something not normally acceptable: We made eye contact with one another.

A train conductor or operator speaking of a death on the tracks without euphemism: We had never heard that before.

He was speaking with supervisors about how to proceed, the voice continued. There would be major delays. He was very sorry."

Nobody seemed annoyed about waiting. And that was most unusual of all.




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killthebillionaires comments on 7 days ago /r/the_donald mods stickied the Charlottesville event. They actively promoted an event where 19 people were injured and 1 of our comrades was killed. Will the Reddit admins retroactively ban /r/the_donald or will they continue to enable racist murders?

killthebillionaires comments on 7 days ago /r/the_donald mods stickied the Charlottesville event. They actively promoted an event where 19 people were injured and 1 of our comrades was killed. Will the Reddit admins retroactively ban /r/the_donald or will they continue to enable racist murders?:

In June 2015, Dylann Roof was inspired by the “hate facts” posted on Daily Stormer and Council of Conservative Citizens to murder nine people at a black church in Charleston, South Carolina.
In July 2015, John Russell Houser, a far-right former bar owner, shot and killed two people and injured nine others before committing suicide in a Lafayette, LA movie theater which was playing Trainwreck, due to its feminist themes and characters, as well as its lead actor's Jewish background. Houser was said to have been a misogynist and praised the actions of Adolf Hitler on online message boards.
In November of 2015, a group of well-armed 4chan regulars attended a Black Lives Matter camp in Minneapolis, harassing them with racial slurs. They opened fire on activists attempting to chase them out when they returned a second night, wounding five.
An antifascist protester of Milo Yiannopolous was shot in stomach on Inauguration Day by Elizabeth Hakoana, who came to the protest with her husband, who planned to “crack skulls” of the “snowflakes” at the event and provoke a reaction to justify shooting someone.
Later in January, Alexandre Bisonette, a supporter of Donald Trump and Marine Le Pen, opened fire on a Quebec City Islamic Culutral Center, killing six.
In February, a white U.S. Navy veteran, Adam Purinton, 51, killed an Indian engineer, wounded his Indian co-worker, and shot a man who tried to stop the murder at a bar in Olathe, KS while yelling "get out of my country."
In March, James Jackson, a subscriber of Alt Right Youtube channels, traveled from Baltimore to New York with the sole purpose of murdering a black person at random. He stabbed Timothy Caughman, killing him.
Sean Christopher Urbanski, a University of Maryland student and member of online alt-right facebook groups, randomly stabbed to death black Army Officer Richard Collins III in Baltimore.
A man in Portland, OR stabbed 3 people, killing 2, who intervened to tell him to stop making racist remarks to muslim women on a light rail train.
Anthony Robert Hammond hacked a random black man with a machete after yelling racial slurs at numerous people in Clearlake, CA in May.
Jimmy Kramer, a 20 year old Native American, was run over during his birthday party in Washington state by a man and woman in a large pickup truck who first circled the party yelling racial slurs and taunts at the group from inside the truck. Kramer died and his friend was hospitalized.


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12 August, 2017

I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out. - The New York Times

I’m a White Man. Hear Me Out. - The New York Times: "That reception was wrong. I said so. And a reader responded: “I don’t need one more white male criticizing young people of color.” Other readers also homed in on my race — or on the professor’s: “Weinstein will be fine. He’s white.” That automatically and axiomatically made him a less compelling actor in the drama, a less deserving object of concern, no matter his actions, no matter his argument.

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ELI5: If red and purple are at opposite ends of the visible spectrum, why does red seem to fade into purple just as well as it fades into orange? : explainlikeimfive

ELI5: If red and purple are at opposite ends of the visible spectrum, why does red seem to fade into purple just as well as it fades into orange? : explainlikeimfive: "Because purple isn't actually on the spectrum. It's not a real color at all (that is, there is no single wavelength of light that is purple). The visual spectrum runs from red to deep blue (indigo), but there's no purple on it anywhere. Purple exists all in our head, as a consequence of how our visual system works. How is that possible?
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Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis - The New York Times

Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis - The New York Times: "It’s the deadliest drug crisis in American history.
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Mitch Landrieu’s Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans - The New York Times

Mitch Landrieu’s Speech on the Removal of Confederate Monuments in New Orleans - The New York Times:

You see — New Orleans is truly a city of many nations, a melting pot, a bubbling caldron of many cultures. There is no other place quite like it in the world that so eloquently exemplifies the uniquely American motto: e pluribus unum — out of many we are one. But there are also other truths about our city that we must confront. New Orleans was America’s largest slave market: a port where hundreds of thousands of souls were bought, sold and shipped up the Mississippi River to lives of forced labor of misery of rape, of torture. America was the place where nearly 4000 of our fellow citizens were lynched, 540 alone in Louisiana; where the courts enshrined ‘separate but equal’; where Freedom riders coming to New Orleans were beaten to a bloody pulp. So when people say to me that the monuments in question are history, well what I just described is real history as well, and it is the searing truth.
And it immediately begs the questions, why there are no slave ship monuments, no prominent markers on public land to remember the lynchings or the slave blocks; nothing to remember this long chapter of our lives; the pain, the sacrifice, the shame... all of it happening on the soil of New Orleans. So for those self-appointed defenders of history and the monuments, they are eerily silent on what amounts to this historical malfeasance, a lie by omission. There is a difference between remembrance of history and reverence of it.


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This Man Used His Inherited Fortune To Fund The Racist Right

This Man Used His Inherited Fortune To Fund The Racist Right:

Asked whether he considers Jews to be white, Regnery cocked his head and said, “That’s a good question!” Turning to “racial science,” he said that DNA shows Ashkenazi Jews are half white, while Sephardic Jews are not white at all. If he ever gets his ethnostate, he said, he might allow some Jews to live there, but not others. He joked that Paul Gottfried, one of his Jewish allies years ago, would be OK.
What would happen to those excluded from his ethnostate? He didn’t really say, nor did he truly address the underlying premise of his dream: massive violence and ethnic cleansing. This will all happen, he insisted, “by consent.”


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Brad Ripka on Twitter: "I know there's a difference here, but I just can't quite put my finger on it. #Charlottesville https://t.co/5VfuskcwfI"

Brad Ripka on Twitter: "I know there's a difference here, but I just can't quite put my finger on it. #Charlottesville https://t.co/5VfuskcwfI":



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A Note on Call-Out Culture – Briarpatch Magazine

A Note on Call-Out Culture – Briarpatch Magazine: "In the context of call-out culture, it is easy to forget that the individual we are calling out is a human being, and that different human beings in different social locations will be receptive to different strategies for learning and growing. For instance, most call-outs I have witnessed immediately render anyone who has committed a perceived wrong as an outsider to the community. One action becomes a reason to pass judgment on someone’s entire being, as if there is no difference between a community member or friend and a random stranger walking down the street (who is of course also someone’s friend). Call-out culture can end up mirroring what the prison industrial complex teaches us about crime and punishment: to banish and dispose of individuals rather than to engage with them as people with complicated stories and histories.

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Immigration: California Crops Rot During Farmworker Shortage | Fortune.com

Immigration: California Crops Rot During Farmworker Shortage | Fortune.com: "Vegetable prices may be going up soon, as a shortage of migrant workers is resulting in lost crops in California.
Farmers say they're having trouble hiring enough people to work during harvest season, causing some crops to rot before they can be picked. Already, the situation has triggered losses of more than $13 million in two California counties alone, according to NBC News."



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The Liberal Crackup - WSJ

The Liberal Crackup - WSJ:

Every advance of liberal identity consciousness has marked a retreat of liberal political consciousness. There can be no liberal politics without a sense of We—of what we are as citizens and what we owe each other. If liberals hope ever to recapture America’s imagination and become a dominant force across the country, it will not be enough to beat the Republicans at flattering the vanity of the mythical Joe Sixpack. They must offer a vision of our common destiny based on one thing that all Americans, of every background, share.
And that is citizenship. We must relearn how to speak to citizens as citizens and to frame our appeals for solidarity—including ones to benefit particular groups—in terms of principles that everyone can affirm.


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11 August, 2017

The real reason a North Korean nuclear weapon is so terrifying—and it’s not what you think

The real reason a North Korean nuclear weapon is so terrifying—and it’s not what you think: "The scenario I have in mind is one in which North Korea starts at a relatively low rung of the escalation ladder: sinking a South Korean naval vessel, bombarding South Korean-controlled islands in the West Sea, or creating trouble in the demilitarized zone. It has done all of these things in the last seven years but then backed off from further conflict. Once Pyongyang can target the continental United States, it will likely take bigger risks than it has to date. It would undertake such limited-war actions as much to achieve political gains as military ones. It would hope to test South Korean intentions and try to drive wedges within South Korean society: between the military on the one hand and President Moon’s dovish advisers on the other; between conservative parties and progressive ones; between segments of the public that don’t want to see their country pushed around and those who worry about Seoul’s vulnerability. Where President Moon would come out is anybody’s guess.

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Voter Study Group and why Obama voters defected to Trump.

Voter Study Group and why Obama voters defected to Trump.: "This is a portrait of the most common Obama-to-Trump voter: a white American who wants government intervention in the economy but holds negative, even prejudiced, views toward racial, ethnic, and religious minorities. In 2012, these voters seemed to value economic liberalism over a white, Christian identity and backed Obama over Romney. By 2016, the reverse was true: Thanks to Trump’s campaign, and the events of the preceding years, they valued that identity over economic assistance. In which case, you can draw an easy conclusion about the Clinton campaign—even accounting for factors like misogyny and James Comey’s twin interventions, it failed to articulate an economic message strong enough to keep those populists in the fold and left them vulnerable to Trump’s identity appeal. You could then make a firm case for the future: To win them back, you need liberal economic populism.

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Guy Who Scheduled 6 Dates In One Night Was Kicked Out of Another Bar for Allegedly Hitting On All The Women

Guy Who Scheduled 6 Dates In One Night Was Kicked Out of Another Bar for Allegedly Hitting On All The Women:

On his way out, Schweiger turned around and told Hess, “Just so you know, I know the owner and I’m going to get you fired for this.” Again, Hess is the owner.
Schweiger denies that he was asked to leave. “They did not kick me out,” he says. “I cannot be kicked out of anywhere in DC.” He doesn’t remember what he might have said to the owner. 


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10 August, 2017

SuicideBonger comments on Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse

SuicideBonger comments on Trump declares national emergency on opioid abuse: "As much as people want to think of the world as black and white; right and wrong, do or don't, it's much more nuanced than that. The best way I can describe it is a steady succession of bad choices over a period of time, brought on by life events. I am of the firm belief that an individual is born an addict. Your brain is just waiting for the right stimulant to manifest the addiction. For a lot of people, it's alcohol. Others, it's stimulants. The first time I tried opioids was when I was fifteen (I'm twenty-two now). In American Psycho, Brett Easton Ellis writes a line that truly defines addiction for me. He writes, "Relief washes over me like an awesome wave". When I took opiates, from the moment I first felt the effects, I knew they would ultimately be a problem.
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You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth - Vox

You're not imagining it: the rich really are hoarding economic growth - Vox:

Boy, the rich made out like bandits. The top 1 percent, but really the top 0.1, top 0.01, and even top 0.001 percent (that last group included only 2,344 adults in 2014) saw really fast, dramatic growth in their incomes after 1980. Contrary to some recent commentary, the large increase in inequality isn’t due to the top 20 percent; affluent, educated professionals with low-six-figure salaries and nice homes in good suburbs aren’t driving this. Their incomes are growing about 1.5 percent a year — not bad, but not that much better than the middle class either. The major spike is in the top 1 percent (adults receiving an average of $1.31 million per year each out of national income) and above, where annual income grew by 3, 4, 5, even 6 percent.
This doesn’t appear to have been the way the economy worked from, say, 1946 to 1980.


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Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart - The New York Times

Our Broken Economy, in One Simple Chart - The New York Times:

Only a few decades ago, the middle class and the poor weren’t just receiving healthy raises. Their take-home pay was rising even more rapidly, in percentage terms, than the pay of the rich.
The post-inflation, after-tax raises that were typical for the middle class during the pre-1980 period — about 2 percent a year — translate into rapid gains in living standards. At that rate, a household’s income almost doubles every 34 years. (The economists used 34-year windows to stay consistent with their original chart, which covered 1980 through 2014.)


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'Fight the culture of shame': Why Philly's tech upgrades fail and how we can fix them | Opinion

'Fight the culture of shame': Why Philly's tech upgrades fail and how we can fix them | Opinion: "Think small. Stop looking for “one ring to rule them all” projects, says Azavea founder Robert Cheetham, who started his career as a city employee and now leads a tech company that works with governments. Narrow your scope and develop products that do one thing very well. The bigger the project, the longer it will take, and the more you run the risk of technology becoming outdated, a new mayor getting elected, or a new vendor acquired, all of which could damage your chances of success. The federal government’s 18F digital service agency is leading the charge on this kind of approach.
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How America Went Haywire - The Atlantic

How America Went Haywire - The Atlantic:

A third of us believe not only that global warming is no big deal but that it’s a hoax perpetrated by scientists, the government, and journalists. A third believe that our earliest ancestors were humans just like us; that the government has, in league with the pharmaceutical industry, hidden evidence of natural cancer cures; that extraterrestrials have visited or are visiting Earth. Almost a quarter believe that vaccines cause autism, and that Donald Trump won the popular vote in 2016. A quarter believe that our previous president maybe or definitely was (or is?) the anti-Christ. According to a survey by Public Policy Polling, 15 percent believe that the “media or the government adds secret mind-controlling technology to television broadcast signals,” and another 15 percent think that’s possible. A quarter of Americans believe in witches. Remarkably, the same fraction, or maybe less, believes that the Bible consists mainly of legends and fables—the same proportion that believes U.S. officials were complicit in the 9/11 attacks.



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The Trump Show Never Ends - The Atlantic

The Trump Show Never Ends - The Atlantic:

“The news pisses me off,” says Jerry Pullen, a 45-year-old local who’s sitting at the end of a row of wheelchairs and motorized scooters. He’s tired of the phony statistics, the negative tone. “I don’t think they should keep letting people into America when I’m unemployed,” he says. Raised a Democrat, Pullen dislikes both parties now; he only likes Trump.
I ask Pullen what Trump needs to accomplish to satisfy him, and he says, “Quit letting the Mexicans and Muslims in here. All the other foreign people, too. They’re terrorists. There’s too many people in this country—we’re overpopulated.” When he’s out on the street, he says, he can tell certain people are looking at him with contempt. “They hate me because I’m a white guy,” he says. “I can feel it.”


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09 August, 2017

The View From the Kremlin: Survival Is Darwinian - The New York Times

The View From the Kremlin: Survival Is Darwinian - The New York Times: "Mr. Putin had long opposed Western interventionist policies and explained many of the world’s political crises as Western-sponsored regime-change operations. So a demise of his ally would have been a personal defeat for his worldview. This is why Russian military intervention in Syria, starting in September 2015, was not, from Moscow’s vantage point, about Syria proper; it was and is about Russia’s opposition to the West. While the United States tries to deal with Russia one on one, Russia sees itself dealing with a global conspiracy led by Washington.

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New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story - The Washington Post

New York Times guilty of large screw-up on climate-change story - The Washington Post: "That correction, which sits at the foot of the story, dutifully straightens out the record. Yet given the magnitude of the screw-up, it should sit atop the story, surrounded by red flashing lights and perhaps an audio track to instruct readers: Warning: This story once peddled a faulty and damaging premise.

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LeVar Burton Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase

LeVar Burton Sued for Using His Reading Rainbow Catchphrase:

“As evidenced by Mr. Burton’s conduct since he began ‘teasing’ the public about the return of Reading Rainbow years before his company acquired any rights to do so, Mr. Burton’s goal is to control and reap the benefits of Reading Rainbow’s substantial goodwill — goodwill that unquestionably belongs to WNED,”



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08 August, 2017

Sojourners - These two women are the first married same-sex...

Sojourners - These two women are the first married same-sex...: "These two women are the first married same-sex co-pastors of this historic Baptist church in Washington, D.C.
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07 August, 2017

What’s It Like to See a Democracy Destroyed? - POLITICO Magazine

What’s It Like to See a Democracy Destroyed? - POLITICO Magazine:
Since 2014, American journalist Hannah Dreier has documented just that in Venezuela, once one of the world’s wealthiest nations and still home to what are believed to be the planet’s largest oil reserves. She wrote for the Associated Press about what it was like to live in a place with the world’s highest murder rate—and the world’s highest rate of inflation. About the breakdown of hospitals and schools, and how the obesity epidemic that plagued a rich country was quickly replaced with people so hungry they were rooting through the garbage on her doorstep.




Most of the time, few paid attention, at least in part because Dreier was the last U.S. journalist even to get a work visa to live in Venezuela; when she moved there to cover the story, she says, “I felt like I had walked across a bridge as it was burning behind me.”
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Robot_Apocalypse comments on Managers/leaders, what is your field and what are some of the biggest things you've learned about leading people?

Robot_Apocalypse comments on Managers/leaders, what is your field and what are some of the biggest things you've learned about leading people?: "Leadership is a responsibility other people give to you. You can't claim it on your own. You might act like a leader, but you can't force people to follow you, no matter how hard you try. If they don't want to follow you it is like pushing rope.
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06 August, 2017

Months 3 to 17 of my baby's sleep and breastfeeding schedule [OC] (data collected manually and visualized in Excel) : dataisbeautiful

Months 3 to 17 of my baby's sleep and breastfeeding schedule [OC] (data collected manually and visualized in Excel) : dataisbeautiful:


My wife started collecting data after 3 months because we were going crazy due to the lack of predictability that comes with having a newborn. We found it helpful and just kept going.
Each column is 1 day and each row is a 15 minute block of time.
Data was collected by my wife in excel. Plotting was also done in excel just using auto cell formatting.


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Sea-level rise could destroy Tampa Bay if a major hurricane hits - Washington Post

Sea-level rise could destroy Tampa Bay if a major hurricane hits - Washington Post:

Tampa Bay is mesmerizing, with 700 miles of shoreline and some of the finest white sand beaches in the nation. But analysts say the metropolitan area is the most vulnerable in the United States to flooding and damage if a major hurricane ever scores a direct hit.
A Boston firm that analyzes potential catastrophic damage reported that the region would lose $175 billion in a storm the size of Hurricane Katrina. A World Bank study called Tampa Bay one of the 10 most at-risk areas on the globe


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05 August, 2017

Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis - The New York Times

Short Answers to Hard Questions About the Opioid Crisis - The New York Times: "The crisis has its roots in the overprescription of opioid painkillers, but since 2011 overdose deaths from prescription opioids have leveled off. Deaths from heroin and fentanyl, on the other hand, are rising fast. In several states where the drug crisis is particularly severe, including Rhode Island, Pennsylvania and Massachusetts, fentanyl is now involved in over half of all overdose fatalities.

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There’s No Magic in Venture-Backed Home Care – Kyle Hill – Medium

There’s No Magic in Venture-Backed Home Care – Kyle Hill – Medium: "From any angle, the W-2 model is not very attractive. The switch to W-2 would increase our caregiver onboarding costs by 10X. The additional costs of payroll taxes, overtime, paid sick leave, minimum wage regulations, benefits and health insurance, unemployment tax, workers comp insurance, and potential for lawsuits in a highly litigious industry put us in heavy handcuffs. We would also be forced to implement a 4-hour minimum and raise our prices by 32% — much closer to industry average.



This was the same model we had been publicly shaming for almost three years, but we really didn’t have any other choice. According to Federal law, these caregivers had to be employed by someone."



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04 August, 2017

This Is Us Star Milana Vayntrub Shares Her Refugee Story | InStyle.com

This Is Us Star Milana Vayntrub Shares Her Refugee Story | InStyle.com:

Big hair, acid wash jeans, Baby dirty dancing with Johnny... Oh, the ’80s! A time when Americans were cool with Bill Cosby and viewed the world through neon-colored Wayfarer glasses.
For my family, however, it was an entirely different reality. In the ’80s, we were living in the USSR where anti-Semitism was a deeply ingrained part of the culture. Being a Jewish person in the Soviet Union was not easy. Not that I remember any of that, I was barely old enough to chew back then, but for my parents, both Uzbekistan-born Jews, life was a struggle.


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Document: SECDEF Mattis Pentagon Memo on Ethics - USNI News

Document: SECDEF Mattis Pentagon Memo on Ethics - USNI News: "The following is an Aug. 4, 2017 memo from Secretary of Defense James Mattis on ethics addressed to all Department of Defense employees.

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The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe - NYTimes.com

The Loyal Engineers Steering NASA’s Voyager Probes Across the Universe - NYTimes.com: "As the Voyager mission is winding down, so, too, are the careers of the aging explorers who expanded our sense of home in the galaxy.

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Remember all those left-wing pundits who drooled over Venezuela? - LA Times

Remember all those left-wing pundits who drooled over Venezuela? - LA Times:


There, the ghastly failures of their ideas are playing out for everyone to see; a real-time rebuke, as if another were needed, to socialism. That these people are considered authorities on anything other than purchasing Birkenstocks, much less running a country, is absurd.
So yes, let’s put term limits on pundits. And let’s start with anyone who praised the Venezuelan model.


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Documentary: Barcelona and the Trials of 21st Century Overtourism – Skift

Documentary: Barcelona and the Trials of 21st Century Overtourism – Skift:

As tourism continues to grow, Barcelona is also becoming a ripe example of how European destinations must now grapple with the effect of overtourism.
The industry, largely responsible for helping the economy stay afloat throughout the recession, is now to blame for changing the landscape of the city, whether it be too many tourists in Las Ramblas, environmental damage from a growing airport and cruise port, or Airbnb guests disrupting the everyday lives of families.
What follows is an investigation into the social, economic and geographic challenges and opportunities presented by unprecedented tourism growth which include an expanding but regulated hotel industry, thousands of illegal Airbnb listings, the sustainability of the city’s cultural institutions, erosion of public life, conflicting demands and technological changes for tour operators, and rampant pickpocketing.
We spoke to more than a dozen stakeholders in the tourism industry from government officials to the founders of boutique hotels and lifelong residents to weekend trippers to learn what their largest concerns are and how those are — or are not — getting addressed.


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03 August, 2017

Inside a Jet Engine - Animagraffs

Inside a Jet Engine - Animagraffs: "At takeoff, a jetliner engine can move 1.25 tons of air per second. That’s enough power to suck all the air out of the largest American football stadium in less than a minute! Here’s a basic look at incredible jet engine technology with the turbofan engine."



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Remembering Mama P, founder of Athens Pizza near Emory

Remembering Mama P, founder of Athens Pizza near Emory:

Asiemoula never knew her father, who was sent to Siberian prison in 1937, part of Soviet ethnic cleansing. She was 12 years old when her mother learned, from a fellow prisoner in Siberia who had escaped, that her father had been executed.
"After that she put on a black dress and never took it off, " Asiemoula Papadopoulos said of her mother in a 2006 interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. 
In 1939, Asiemoula escaped to Greece with her mother and four siblings. There, she would eventually meet her late husband, John Papadopoulos, who was born in Ukraine and had also fled Stalin’s ruthless crackdown on the Greek community. 
The young couple moved to Massachusetts in 1963 with two young sons and $300 in their pocket, Sandy Papadopoulos said. 
John Papadopoulos worked nights in a tool-and-dye factory and picked up some extra money working days at a pizzeria. Three years later, he took the first of many successful risks, paying the owner of the restaurant where he worked $1,000 for his pizza recipe, Sandy Papadopoulos said. 


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01 August, 2017

30 July, 2017

‘I miss happiness’: A Syrian’s journey from mayor in Aleppo to obscurity in Saint John - The Globe and Mail

‘I miss happiness’: A Syrian’s journey from mayor in Aleppo to obscurity in Saint John - The Globe and Mail:

Many things now make him cry – talk of his absent family, the son trapped in Damascus, his former life, his future. He’s saved a few photos. One shows him in a jaunty pose of officialdom, tie askew. It was taken six years ago. Mr. Sharbaji looks decades younger. He would like to sing for us, but first he has to find his teeth.
“I don’t miss the money,” he says. “I miss happiness. Happiness is food for the soul.”


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Ruge | Assignment Guatemala, 1968: An Early Encounter with Terrorism

Ruge | Assignment Guatemala, 1968: An Early Encounter with Terrorism: "Neil walked over to me and told me, his voice trembling, that our ambassador, John Gordon Mein, had just been assassinated one block from the consulate. Neil had seen him lying on the median of the Blvd. La Reforma, covered with blood. Two ambassadors’ wives coming from a luncheon had passed the scene and thought they recognized Ambassador Mein by his white hair and the abandoned official car with its flag blowing in the breeze.. They had stopped at the consulate, extremely agitated, and informed Neil of the murder, whereupon Neil ordered his car and was the first at the scene to identify the Ambassador.

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Thank you for calling. How may I assist you? | Thoughts from the Journey

Thank you for calling. How may I assist you? | Thoughts from the Journey: "I was a Care Advocate for a major insurance company.   I was the lady  on the phone who authorized services for insurance members.   At first, it seemed fine.  I worked from home.  I had a list of tasks to complete for the day.    One year into the job, the work quickly changed when I became a glorified telephone operator.  In May, my manager  let me know that if I did not reach a 25% negotiation rate, I would receive a corrective action in my personnel file.  Translation: turn services down at a 25% rate.  It became crystal clear that this work was no longer for me.  I had to find something else that did not cross all ethical boundaries that I held dear"



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You Laugh, You Lose: Dormtainment vs. Dormtainment - YouTube

You Laugh, You Lose: Dormtainment vs. Dormtainment - YouTube: "You Laugh, You Lose: Dormtainment vs. Dormtainment
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29 July, 2017

Why so many transgender Americans find refuge in military service - The Washington Post

Why so many transgender Americans find refuge in military service - The Washington Post: "I write this today from a dorm room, having just completed my first year of college. Without the military, I know my life would look very different. I cannot stand quietly by while a man who dodged the draft attempts to take options away from people who want to serve their country and improve their lives. The transgender troops I know are some of the best people I have had the pleasure of meeting. They live authentically and support their teammates, putting the mission and team integrity before themselves. They excel, they work hard, and they serve with honor. We deserve the same opportunities as our cisgender peers and the same respect. Denying transgender people the same opportunities as our cisgender peers is not only dehumanizing and disrespectful, it is fundamentally un-American.

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An old McCain profile

Carl Bernstein: "Today, McCain often speaks of the duty to follow his conscience in politics, rather than polls or party discipline. This, he says, comes from having escaped death and becoming "more aware of the transience of everything we do." Friends, family, and fellow senators sense that McCain lives every day as if it were extra time granted by grace.

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No Dunkirk Spirit Can Save Britain From Brexit Defeat - The New York Times

No Dunkirk Spirit Can Save Britain From Brexit Defeat - The New York Times: "There aren’t enough British workers, with the right attitudes and the right skills, to fill the country’s jobs. The consequence is that we import huge numbers of migrants to do what Britons can’t or won’t. The manufacturing, nursing, care and catering industries all depend on foreigners. Nearly one-fifth of Britain’s university staff members are from other European Union countries. Almost 100,000 seasonal agricultural workers are needed every year to pick vegetables and kill chickens — jobs that farmers’ groups say it’s impossible to get Britons to do.

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After Free Willy, people rushed to see Orcas at SeaWorld. What other movie messages completely backfired? : AskReddit

After Free Willy, people rushed to see Orcas at SeaWorld. What other movie messages completely backfired? : AskReddit:

My Dad has a farm in central Canada, about 40 km away from the nearest mid-sized city.
Without fail... every.single.time... Disney would release a film, and BAM, shit tons of new animals would appear in our area within a few months.
101 Dalmations? 3 of the 10 farms on our country road had dogs dropped off that year... and that is just in a 5km radius and on 1 road.


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80s Remix: Ed Sheeran - Shape of You - YouTube

80s Remix: Ed Sheeran - Shape of You - YouTube: "80s Remix: Ed Sheeran - Shape of You
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28 July, 2017

John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account | National News | US News

John McCain, Prisoner of War: A First-Person Account | National News | US News:

Now that all acknowledged prisoners are back and a self-imposed seal of silence is off, Commander McCain is free to answer the questions many Americans have asked:
What was it really like? How prolonged were the tortures and brutality? How did the captured U.S. airmen bear up under the mistreatment—and years spent in solitary? How did they preserve their sanity? Did visiting "peace groups" really add to their troubles? How can this country's military men be conditioned to face such treatment in the future without crumbling?
Here, in his own words, based on almost total recall, is Commander McCain's narrative of 5½ years in the hands of the North Vietnamese.


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