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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13 September, 2017

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities | American Civil Liberties Union

Congress Wants to Change the Americans With Disabilities Act and Undermine the Civil Rights of People With Disabilities | American Civil Liberties Union: "H.R. 620 would completely change the way in which a business is required to comply with the ADA. Instead of requiring that a business comply proactively, the bill would place the burden on the individual who is being denied access. This bill proposes that after an individual with a disability is denied access she must first notify the business owner, with exacting specificity, that her civil rights were violated, and then wait for six months to see if the business will make “substantial progress” toward access, before going to a court to order compliance.
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I am white. That's all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? - Quora

I am white. That's all you know about me. Am I privileged based on that alone and assuming I am, should I feel guilt and what should I do about it? - Quora:

Absolutely.
Consider it this way. All I know about you is you’re tall.
Do you have any advantages?
Yes.
Does that mean you don’t deserve the can of tuna on the higher shelf? No. Nobody is saying that. Eat away mighty giant.


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12 September, 2017

10 September, 2017

College student who lied about getting raped begs to dodge jail | New York Post

College student who lied about getting raped begs to dodge jail | New York Post:

Yovino’s admittedly false rape claim — made earlier this year, when she was 18 — led to two Sacred Heart University football players losing their sports scholarships and getting suspended from their team.
Pressed by authorities about inconsistencies in her account, Yovino eventually admitted that she’d had consensual sex with the two football players in a bathroom during a football club party, then lied about it in hopes of winning the sympathy of a third male student whom she wanted to date.
Other witnesses confirmed that she’d gone willingly into the bathroom with the two players.


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09 September, 2017

bulbasauuuur comments on Y'all must be on that new Jesus ����

bulbasauuuur comments on Y'all must be on that new Jesus ����: "91% of people who get welfare are elderly, disabled, or "part of a working household" which often means children (or two adults not working 1000 hours each). They simply cannot work.
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07 September, 2017

Pastor Amy Butler - Posts

Pastor Amy Butler - Posts: "“The Lord your God is the God of all gods and Lord of all lords, the great, mighty, and awesome God who doesn’t play favorites and doesn’t take bribes. He enacts justice for orphans and widows, and he loves immigrants, giving them food and clothing. That means you must also love immigrants because you were immigrants in Egypt” (Deuteronomy 10:17-19)"



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Cadfan17 comments on White Christians are now a minority of the U.S. population, survey says

Cadfan17 comments on White Christians are now a minority of the U.S. population, survey says:

So... the thing Job did that was telling the truth about God was stating that God sends good and evil to us without respect to our righteousness. And the thing that Job's friends did that was telling lies about God was claiming that God sends wealth and easy living to the righteous, and misery to the unrighteous.
In other words, the moral of Job is that if you believe in the prosperity gospel God will straight up ice you unless Job asks him to chill.


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06 September, 2017

How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine

How We Killed Expertise - POLITICO Magazine:

Voters say they reject expertise because experts—whom they think of as indistinguishable from governing elites—have failed them. “Americans might look back on the last 50 years and say, ‘What have experts done for us lately?’” one USA Today columnist recently wrote, without irony. Somehow, such critics missed the successful conclusion of the Cold War, the abundance of food to the point that we subsidize farmers, the creation of medicines that have extended human life, automobiles that are safer and more efficient than ever, and even the expert-driven victories of the previously hopeless Boston Red Sox and the Chicago Cubs. Experts, in this distorted telling, have managed only to impoverish and exploit ordinary Americans; anything that has benefited others apparently happened only by mere chance.



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Steve Harvey Interview: "I'm Not Going to Apologize" for That Leaked Memo | Hollywood Reporter

Steve Harvey Interview: "I'm Not Going to Apologize" for That Leaked Memo | Hollywood Reporter:

It's, "Look, I'm OK with you loving the Confederate flag. I'm OK with you loving them statues. Maybe people had great grandfathers who fought in the Civil War and they want to continue to honor them. Well, that's great. But see, I pay taxes, and I don't want to pay taxes to raise the flag every morning and then cut the grass around it and wipe the pigeon poop off the statue. So take all them statues and that flag and put it in your own museum. Then all the hillbillies can go there and cry in front of the flag at the feet of General Lee and howl and just have a great time. But it can't be at the park. You can't have the Confederate flag waving when I'm outside trying to have a picnic." And you handle it that way because I'm OK with people preserving history, for whatever their reason. It may not be the right reason for me, but if it's right for them, cool. But put it in a museum. Black people got museums. Jewish people got a museum. Get your ass a museum.



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05 September, 2017

John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world

John Locke: Natural Rights to Life, Liberty, and Property - Foundation for Economic Education - Working for a free and prosperous world: "A number of times throughout history, tyranny has stimulated breakthrough thinking about liberty. This was certainly the case in England with the mid-seventeenth-century era of repression, rebellion, and civil war. There was a tremendous outpouring of political pamphlets and tracts. By far the most influential writings emerged from the pen of scholar John Locke.



 He expressed the radical view that government is morally obliged to serve people, namely by protecting life, liberty, and property. He explained the principle of checks and balances to limit government power. He favored representative government and a rule of law. He denounced tyranny. He insisted that when government violates individual rights, people may legitimately rebel."



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In city with no water, two men get Coca-Cola's permission to steal it

In city with no water, two men get Coca-Cola's permission to steal it:

In a city with no water, here is a list of items required to break into a warehouse and steal 14 cases of bottled water:
  • One (1) hand saw
  • One (1) hammer
  • One (1) hovercraft, capable of zinging over the flooded streets of Beaumont, Texas, at 60 miles an hour.
  • Oh, and permission from the Coca-Cola Company.
Fortunately, Bill Zang recently found himself equipped with all four things.


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04 September, 2017

Grace Pettis - Award Winning Texas Songwriter | Blog

Grace Pettis - Award Winning Texas Songwriter | Blog:





And of all the insults exchanged, nothing was even in the same universe of curses as THE word that the man used. It was beyond a “bad word” or an insult. As somebody who happens to love words, who believes that for the most parts words themselves are not good or evil but rather that they are tools which should be wielded with respect to context and intent, I found myself overcome by how evil that word was in that moment. It was dehumanizing. When this man used it, he was attempting to negate everything about this woman’s humanity. There is no word equivalent that she could have used in response. She was tough- she didn’t back down from his aggression and matched him verbally, blow for blow. But there is no word equivalent for a black woman to use in defense against a white man that can dehumanize in quite the same way. We don’t actually have a word like that in the English language. Which seemed like a pity in the moment, because “asshole” and “bigot” didn’t seem to cut it.


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US Army unprepared to deal with Russia in Europe – POLITICO

US Army unprepared to deal with Russia in Europe – POLITICO:



The U.S. Army’s rapid reaction force in Europe is under-equipped, undermanned and inadequately organized to confront military aggression from Russia or its high-tech proxies, according to an internal study that some who have read it view as a wake-up call as the Trump administration seeks to deter an emboldened Vladimir Putin.
The Italy-based 173rd Airborne Brigade, a bulwark of the NATO alliance that has spent much of the last decade and a half rotating in and out of Iraq and Afghanistan, lacks “essential capabilities needed to accomplish its mission effectively and with decisive speed,” according to the analysis by the brigade, a copy of which was obtained by POLITICO.


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School district apologizes after students told ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts not allowed in class - The Washington Post

School district apologizes after students told ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts not allowed in class - The Washington Post:

A Georgia school district has apologized after one of its teachers asked two high school students wearing “Make America Great Again” T-shirts to leave her classroom.
The incident took place at River Ridge High School on Aug. 31, when a teacher “erroneously told two students their shirts with campaign slogans were not permitted in class,” Cherokee County School District spokeswoman Barbara P. Jacoby said.
“Her actions were wrong, as the ‘Make America Great Again’ shirts worn by the students are not a violation of our School District dress code,” Jacoby said in a statement. “The teacher additionally — and inappropriately — shared her personal opinion about the campaign slogan during class.”


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On being a bad manager – Signal v. Noise

On being a bad manager – Signal v. Noise: "Great managers help fill the gaps so no one has to jump over a chasm to come to a conclusion. It takes a while to get good at even seeing the gaps. Then it takes even more time to get good at filling them.



“I had no idea they’d react that way” are the words of an inexperienced manager. Good managers are rarely surprised at how people react. And the only way to eliminate surprise is to have seen it all before. And a honed sense of empathy. That takes living it. Books, classes, and simulations won’t get managers there."



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Mike Luckovich pays tribute

Mike Luckovich pays tribute:



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Boy, 7, was tortured to death and fed to pigs. State agencies failed him, says lawsuit.

Boy, 7, was tortured to death and fed to pigs. State agencies failed him, says lawsuit.:

Adrian Jones's short, tortured life was spent isolated from outsiders, confined in filthy, mice-infested houses where he was "home-schooled" by the parents who ultimately killed him, according to court documents.
But the abuse he suffered at the hands of his father and stepmother was meticulously documented, through dozens of surveillance cameras. As his family moved from place to place across Kansas and Missouri, his stepmother captured photos of the horrors, images stored online and later recovered by authorities.
His was a brief life of great suffering, as described by police and prosecutors. 


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nukasu comments on Chinese president Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace

nukasu comments on Chinese president Xi Jinping says a dark shadow looms over the world after years of peace: "it also reminds me of the vaccination effect. at the turn of the last century infant mortality was close to 50%. imagine having to plan on 3, 4 or 5 children if you wanted to raise a family; you had to have enough to allow some of them to actually live to adulthood. now, kale-eating whole foods shoppers can plan on having their one child in their late 30s and rest easy knowing it will live to adulthood. the thought it could be any other way never even occurs to them. and, somehow, turn up their nose at the vaccinations that make this lifestyle possible.
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