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The Future Is Going to Be Great! – Mother Jones
I wonder about Kevin's assertation that genetics and epigentics will be found to be overwhelming determinative of talent and skill. How will that square with studies that show children of wealthier and/or highly educated parents do better academically? (For example, Ta-Nehisi Coates attributes a lot of his success as a writer to his family having a ton of books around and the philosophy that he should learn about Black and African history as a child. So it's not *simply* wealth).
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24 days ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
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: 365 consecutive days on Stack Overflow - what I have learned from this experiment 👉🏻…
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4 weeks ago by vonc
Balkinization: "Constitutional Super Hardball"
>Given the current narrow balance of the Senate, if Senate Democrats orchestrated a walkout (our suggestion would be they all go to Mexico City though Canada might be nicer in the summer months), the Senate would only be able to reach 50 members (because Senator McCain is ill) which is less than “a majority,” and therefore would be unable to “do business” (e.g., act on nominations).
My friend calls this constitutional “super hardball."
I think it's time to play.
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7 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
The Laff Box—99% Invisible
This changed my entire opinion of laugh tracks. They were made a single person *playing* what amounts to a laugh organ. It's like a laugh *design*.
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7 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Why I Will Always Write About Appalachia—Literary Hub
>My hometown of Haldeman, Kentucky has vanished—literally removed from maps—its mines nothing but empty holes in the ground. The railroad tracks have been stripped from the earth and the gravel sold. The stores are gone. My school is closed. The government shut down the post office and rescinded the ZIP code.
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7 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Supreme Court Rules That Police Need a Warrant to Seize Your Cell Phone Location Records—Mother Jones
>And let’s face it, if you could travel back in time and ask James Madison if he thought it would be OK for the government to use a magic device that tracked the precise movements of virtually every human being in the country, what do you think he’d say? That is, what do you think he’d say before he dropped dead of apoplexy?
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8 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Both Sides Do It, The Unshakeable Script—Lawyers, Guns
>Here is a comprehensive list of Republican senators who support the bill (to end the policy of placing children in concentration camps):
In case the quotation is unclear, that's zero Republican Senators.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
driftglass: Why Does The New York Times Keep Handing Columns To Conservative Nitwits: S.E. Cupp Edition
>Except there is one, little problem:
Ms. Mauer is not, in fact, a persuadable swing voter who might be susceptible to the charms of the Democratic party if only Democrats weren't such
condescending coastal elite Hollywood Kenyan abortion-on-demand, flag-hating social justice warriors.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
THE GOLDEN AGE OF GRIFT—Gin and Tacos
>As a teacher, literally nothing could be less important than what the students prefer to be called. Steve. Mary. Cipher. Iron Man. Ming the Merciless. Question Q. Mysterio. My Little Pony. Like, there is no conceivable reality in which what a student asks me to call them (whether it is a proper name or some infantile nickname) matters. We just work together. I am paid to do a job, and that makes some things about the students my problem – whether they do the assigned work, behaviors they may engage in during our brief time together in class that violate school policy, assigning them a grade, and that's pretty much it.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
'This calls for wisdom: let anyone with understanding calculate ...'
>If you buy any of that, at all — if you think Sessions or Sanders is making anything even remotely like a credible argument about what “the Bible” has to say about Trump’s policies on refugees, asylum-seekers, immigrants, aliens, and strangers — then you’re wrong. You’ve gone wrong. You’re doing wrong, becoming wrong, being wrong. >Because your deeds are evil.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Trump cites as a negotiating tool his policy of separating immigrant children from their parents—The Washington Post
>Some Republican immigration hard-liners, however, continue to hold out, saying they will not support any path to citizenship and **do not support any accommodations to keep families together**. “I don’t see a reason to spend the money doing that,” Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) said in an interview Friday. “And I don’t see how you do that without having a suite for every self-described family unit.” (Emphasis added)
Abusing children is evil. Abusing children to score a political win is soulless.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
SMALT-The smart home device that elevates your dining experience
I don't know if I'm ready for the world's first interactive centerpiece and smart salt dispenser to enhance my dining experience.
h/t [Do By Friday](http://dobyfriday.com/83)
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Who could jump higher on a trampoline, LeBron James or Simone Biles?
>The only real way to settle this is clear: let’s get James and Biles together at a trampoline park and have them go at it.
I'd pay hard, cold cash to see this in person!
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Bex Taylor-Klaus Bends Gender, Blends Styles in This Hot Photoshoot—Autostraddle
As we've been talking about gender expression.
>No matter how femininely I’m dressed I can still bring the masculine, and vise versa.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Donald Trump Abandons South Korea—Kevin Drum
>>Kim, it seems, got at least one benefit up front. **Trump announced that he will order an end to regular “war games”** that the United States conducts with ally South Korea, a reference to annual joint military exercises that are an irritant to North Korea. Trump called the exercises “very provocative” and “inappropriate” in light of the optimistic opening he sees with North Korea. **Ending the exercises would also save money**, Trump said.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
This app in Google Play wants to use phone mics to enforce copyrights—Ars Technica
>The [official app for the Spanish soccer league La Liga](https://www.welivesecurity.com/2018/06/12/spains-la-liga-app-phones-detect-illegal/) was recently updated to seek access to users’ microphone and GPS settings. When granted, the app processes audio snippets in an attempt to identify public venues that broadcast soccer games without a license.
Because people's privacy is nothing compared to the importance of catching small businesses "pirating" your games.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
Looking for Life on a Flat Earth—The New Yorker
>Gravity, too, is just another theory; flat-Earthers believe that objects simply fall. (“ ‘Gravity,’ they love that one,” Marble said, using air quotes. “Grabbity—with two ‘B’s.”)
How can you not believe in gravity? It's successfully explained some many phenomena. The mind reels.
h/t [Gruber](https://daringfireball.net/linked/2018/06/11/flat-earther-derpers) @gruber
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox
On paying for software | Seth's Blog
>I spend most of my day working with tools that weren’t even in science fiction novels twenty-five years ago, and the money I spend on software is a bargain–doing this work without it is impossible.
Why I'm ambivalent about subscription software. With the major changes in the market (consumers not wanting to pay), especially on mobile, it may be the only viable model in the future.
I do strongly prefer the subscriptions that are for support and ongoing updates. If you stop paying, you can still use the app, you just don't benefit from further development.
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9 weeks ago by ReadingGeorgeFox

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