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“An important Rubicon”
A Rubicon is by definition important. Ask Julius Caesar. Or Austin Dickinson and Mabel Loomis Todd.
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yesterday by M.Leddy
Not prolific
The word’s associations with new life and creativity make it a particularly grotesque choice for characterizing a killer.
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yesterday by M.Leddy
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java  json  jackson  usage  howto 
10 days ago by lgtout
The Whistle-Blower Knows How to Write
I can’t tell you what’s going to happen to his blockbuster complaint about the president’s behavior, but I can tell you that the whistle-blower’s college writing instructor would be very proud of him.As a writing instructor myself for 20 years, I look at the complaint and see a model of clear writing that offers important lessons for aspiring writers. Here are a few:The whistle-blower gets right to the point.The whistle-blower uses subheadings to make sure we can connect the dots.The whistle-blower gets an A for his topic sentences.The whistle-blower uses active verbs.
NYTimes  language  usage  Trump 
15 days ago by thomas.kochi
Israel's Rival Politicians Are Surprisingly United
Less than two weeks since Election Day, Israeli politicians are busy breaking their most solemn campaign promises in pursuit of a governing coalition — and most Israeli voters are only mildly surprised. Pragmatic dissembling is the essence of the Israeli system of government.But one campaign promise will not be broken Avigdor Lieberman, the man who brought down Netanyahu’s last government, bluntly acknowledges this The rabbis are political rivals. The Arab-Israeli parties that form the Joint List coalition are “enemies.”Also not surprising is that every other Israeli party, with the partial exception of “progressive” Meretz, views Zionism as Israel’s foundational principle.To outsiders, Jewish Israel may seem to be in a perpetual state of civil war — rich against poor, orthodox against secular, new immigrants against the old guard, settlers against peaceniks — but beneath the turmoil there is surprising solidarity, based on shared national insecurity. On the economy, social policy, immigration and other matters that roil western democracies, the mainstream parties have no real differences.
Israel  politics  usage 
15 days ago by thomas.kochi
Explained: Why Did Iran Attack Saudi Arabia's Oil Industry?
Iran has decided to push back and see how far it can go in signaling its displeasure.Iranian protestations of innocence notwithstanding, the arrows following last week's massive drone and missile strikes on oil infrastructure in Saudi Arabia all point toward Tehran. In this, there's one key question that's on everybody's mind: What is Iran after? While Tehran's aggression has made the probability of a U.S. or Saudi military strike on Iran higher in the short term, the Islamic republic does not necessarily intend to trigger such a strike and the ramifications it would entail. On the contrary, Iran is hoping to force an end to the United States' maximum pressure campaign sooner, rather than later — even if that requires riling up the world's superpower even further.
US  Iran  S.Arabia  geopolitics  usage 
19 days ago by thomas.kochi
Bernie Sanders Reveals The Only Thing He 'Admires' About Donald Trump
Sen. Bernie Sanders has very reluctantly acknowledged two traits that he “admires” about President Donald Trump.While speaking at a youth forum at Drake University in Deon Sunday, the 2020 presidential candidate was asked by a student, in the interest of smoothing political divisiveness, to name one “genuine thing” that he admires about the president.Miming being punched in the gut, Sanders was not exactly enthusiastic about answering the question. “His hair, I’m really impressed by the color of his hair,” he quipped at first...he decried Trump as a racist, sexist, homophobe, xenophobe and religious bigot, saying that he would do anything he could to tackle that type of behavior.“He gets up at 3 o’clock in the morning to tweet. So I’m impressed by people who get up at 3 o’clock in the morning,”
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19 days ago by thomas.kochi
The rise and fall of an Eagle Scout's deadly fentanyl empire
The photo that flashed onto the courtroom screen showed a young man dead on his bedroom floor, bare feet poking from the cuffs of his rolled-up jeans. Lurking on a trash can at the edge of the picture was what prosecutors said delivered this death: an ordinary, U.S. Postal Service envelope.It had arrived with 10 round, blue pills inside, the markings of pharmaceutical-grade oxycodone stamped onto the surface. The young man took out two, crushed and snorted them. But the pills were poison, prosecutors said: counterfeits containing fatal grains of fentanyl, a potent synthetic opioid that has written a deadly new chapter in the American opioid epidemic...When Shamo took the stand to try to spare himself a lifetime in prison, he began with a nervous chuckle. He careened from one topic to the next in a monologue prosecutors would later describe as masterful manipulation to convince the jury he thought his drug-dealing was helping people. Customers wrote thank you notes because their doctors refused to prescribe more painkillers, he said. It felt like "a win-win situation" — he got rich and his customers got drugs.The question before this jury is being debated all across America: Two decades into the opioid epidemic, is there such a thing as justice for 400,000 lost lives?The largest civil litigation in history is testing how the pharmaceutical industry should be held accountable for inundating the country with billions of addictive pain pills. Purdue Pharma, seen by many as the primary villain for deceptively pushing the blockbuster drug OxyContin, reached a tentative $12 billion settlement this week with about half the states and roughly 2,000 local governments.
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27 days ago by thomas.kochi
We’re in danger of breeding a generation of namby-pambies
It goes without saying that the welfare of and concern for our pupils is paramount in any school, but it should not be contentious for me to suggest that in most cases the adults’ judgment should override the child’s perception of what is needed.The AQA board used an extract from a short story by HE Bates in the English language paper. Later in the story (“The Mill”) the protagonist is raped by her employer and then sacked when she becomes pregnant. Now let us be clear: the extract made no reference to rape, sexual exploitation or abandonment. It was entirely anodyne. Some students went home, looked up the story, read it (and well done them for being that interested) – and then the complaints began. AQA was forced into making an apology (although it did it in that backhanded way which really means shut up and go away – it was sorry that some thought the extract was inappropriate) and the little crazy children laughed in glee.They were less fortunate in 2016 when a range of “personally offended” students complained about a biology exam in which data was used concerning teenagers and alcohol. On this occasion AQA smartly responded that “exams aren’t meant to be easy” and there was nothing wrong with the paper. How things change in three short years.I am fearful we are in danger of breeding a generation of namby-pambies. Namby- pambies which we not only kowtow to, but also enable. How will these young people face the outside world if they are apologised to every other second? They will not be able to veto conversation overheard on the bus or train. They will not be able to storm out of their place of work every time they are faced with something they do not like.
C.Herald  catholic  political  education  usage 
29 days ago by thomas.kochi
The ‘Political Anarchist’ Behind Britain’s Chaos
Mr. Cummings is deploying all the techniques that have worked for him before: disruption, deception, intimidation and an implacable willingness to alienate people.Those tactics have gone off in British politics this week like a series of grenades. No prime minister has had a more calamitous start. These are the opening battles of a seismic political war. Within five days, Mr. Johnson has lost control of Parliament, lost his party’s majority, lost his ability to leave the European Union at the end of October without a deal, as he has pledged, and lost the loyalty of many moderates in his Conservative Party by brutally expelling the 21 principled, thoughtful, experienced and respected members of Parliament who had opposed his plans to catapult Britain out of Europe without a deal...A senior party figure told me, with classic English understatement, that this is “a ghastly mess.” “I’m not sure that Boris read the small print of the Cummings plan — this is the ultimate proof that one is a charlatan and the other a psychopath,”Mr. Cummings now faces a fight to keep Mr. Johnson on form and on track in the face of tremendous blowback from an outraged party. But he’s still the master; he calculates that Mr. Johnson can’t afford to lose him now that he has cut so many of his old allies out. Whether Mr. Johnson is heading for either triumph or disaster isn’t up to Mr. Johnson. His course is being set by Dominic Cummings.
NYTimes  Britain  strategists  politics  referendums  EU  usage 
4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi
When Reporting an Economics Article at Burning Man, Be Prepared for Things to Get Weird
The story I was working on kept offering up such moments: a captive audience — in increasingly screwball situations — with a Nobel Prize-winning economist...he had never actually been before. Neither had I.I interviewed him as we sat there in the car, in the most joyous traffic jam I’ve ever been in. People kept getting out of the R.V.s and U-Hauls around us to strut in their Burning Man best: sequins, Speedos, cowboy boots.We ended up spending a total of six days together before and during the event.He never once broke character: the wonky economist.It’s open to whatever you want to do with it, and it’s not in your face...he was a good sport about my efforts to nudge us right into the middle of it.
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4 weeks ago by thomas.kochi

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