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2015-09-03 15:28:48 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

"After a 16-year-old Fayetteville girl made a sexually explicit nude photo of herself for her boyfriend last fall, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office concluded that she committed two felony sex crimes against herself and arrested her in February.

The girl was listed on a warrant as both the adult perpetrator and the minor victim of two counts of sexual exploitation of minor - second-degree exploitation for making her photo and third-degree exploitation for having her photo in her possession.

A conviction could have put the girl in prison and would have required her to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. A plea bargain arranged for her in July should clear her record next summer."

What the fuck.

Most reshares: 5

2015-09-02 19:45:50 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

New FCC Rules Could Ban WiFi Router Firmware Modification - You have until Sept 8 to leave a comment with the FCC.

Most plusones: 26

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2015-08-31 01:07:10 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Perhaps the greatest thing ever....

Via +Brett B​

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2015-09-04 23:13:04 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

Sailboats in the wind.

Sailboats in the wind.___

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2015-09-04 21:02:31 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

What type of tremor did the medieval 'Tremulous Hand of Worcester' have?



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2015-09-04 18:23:07 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

If you know anything about physics, the phrase "antineutrino mapping" may seem kind of bizarre to you. It's not that these particles are rare: the Sun produces roughly as many of these as it does photons, so we're bathed in them nonstop. It's that neutrinos (and antineutrinos) are the ghosts of the particle world: they interact so weakly with everything else that they tend to fly through entire planets without noticing.

That's because of the four fundamental forces of nature -- the electromagnetic force (which not only holds electrons inside atoms, but is responsible for all of the forces between atoms that keep matter together), the strong force (which holds nuclei together), gravity (which holds planets together), and the weak force (which plays a role in various nuclear decays, but doesn't hold anything at all together, as you may guess from its name), neutrinos... more »

If you know anything about physics, the phrase "antineutrino mapping" may seem kind of bizarre to you. It's not that these particles are rare: the Sun produces roughly as many of these as it does photons, so we're bathed in them nonstop. It's that neutrinos (and antineutrinos) are the ghosts of the particle world: they interact so weakly with everything else that they tend to fly through entire planets without noticing.

That's because of the four fundamental forces of nature -- the electromagnetic force (which not only holds electrons inside atoms, but is responsible for all of the forces between atoms that keep matter together), the strong force (which holds nuclei together), gravity (which holds planets together), and the weak force (which plays a role in various nuclear decays, but doesn't hold anything at all together, as you may guess from its name), neutrinos interact only through the weak force.

The way neutrino observatories work is that you take a giant tank -- maybe 1,000 tons -- of various specific liquids, bury it far underground (to avoid any other particles getting in), and surround it by extremely sensitive light detectors. Solar neutrinos flow through by the trillion (about ten billion per square centimeter every second), and on incredibly rare occasion, interact with one of the atoms in the liquid in a nuclear reaction that emits a tiny flash of light. To give you a sense of the rate, we typically measure their flow in SNU's (Solar Neutrino Units), which is the amount of neutrinos required to cause 10^-36 interactions per target atom per second. A 1,000-ton tank will thus end up spotting about one neutrino per day.

How do we spot which way they were going? When measuring neutrinos from the Sun, we do it by comparing capture rates during the day and during the night. By having a planet either between you and the source or not, you can spot small differences in the rate of neutrinos coming from the Sun, but not from other sources. (And similarly, by looking at the pattern over the year, you can use the size of the Earth's orbit to detect neutrinos coming from various parts of space)

It's that incredible difficulty of spotting neutrinos that makes the idea of making a neutrino map seem so incredible. You can't directly spot where they came from on Earth; what you can do is watch them over time, subtract off the day/night variation rate (to eliminate neutrinos from the Sun, which is the overwhelming majority of them), subtract off the annual variation rate (to eliminate neutrinos from space), and what you're left with is neutrinos from elsewhere on the planet. And if you use data from multiple neutrino observatories around the world, and combine it with a model of the density pattern of the Earth, you can start to form a map of antineutrinos from the planet itself.

That's what you see below. The blueness happens because seawater is a poor source of neutrinos (most radioactive substances are in the crust), and its mass absorbs "many" of the ones which escape. ("Many" is in quotes because nothing absorbs many neutrinos, but there also aren't that many to begin with, so the difference between ocean and land is measurable) Nuclear reactors produce a lot of them; those are the dark red patches you see. And most of the rest is continental crust, although you see many interesting patterns in that: e.g., significantly fewer in Australia than in Asia, more overall in the Northern hemisphere than the Southern, and the sharp decline (thanks to ice) near the poles.

Also, they've open-sourced the software and data they've used to make this, so it should be easy for future researchers to add data from more neutrino observatories, and gradually refine our map of the world, as taken through the lens of cosmic ghosts.___

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2015-09-04 15:24:58 (5 comments, 3 reshares, 18 +1s)Open 

What was the reaction when a Muslim refused to do her job because it violated her religious beliefs?

Kim Davis refused to do her job as a county clerk because she felt it violated her religious beliefs—and immediately became a right-wing folk hero. She was held in contempt of court and jailed, and conservatives see it as a war on Christianity.

Perhaps you’ve wondered how those people would react if it were, say, a Muslim?

Turns out you don’t have to wonder. Charee Stanley was a flight attendant, and refused to serve alcoholic beverages because she felt it violated her religious beliefs. She was suspended from her job by the airline.

Cue the conservative outrage, right? I mean, surely she shouldn’t be forced to do something that goes against her religion just because it’s a fundamental part of her job, right?

Yeah, not so much. Here are some samples of the conservative outrage—outrage, that is, at people trying to “impose Islam on the workplace.”

http://www.frontpagemag.com/point/259996/muslim-flight-attendant-sues-because-job-makes-her-daniel-greenfield

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/02/geller-muslim-stewardess-refuses-to-serve-alcohol-then-plays-the-victim/

https://www.thefederalistpapers.org/first-amendment-2/christian-arrested-muslim-defended-in-freedom-of-religion-double-standard

http://conservativetribune.com/muslim-attendant-refuses/___What was the reaction when a Muslim refused to do her job because it violated her religious beliefs?

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2015-09-04 15:22:34 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

Mouthwatering food from Iraq.

Mouthwatering food from Iraq.___

2015-09-04 13:06:43 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

A Washington state court has awkwardly attempted to sidestep Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protect online service providers from being charged for crimes committed by their users, by claiming that a site's content guidelines make it an information provider, and therefore exempt from safe harbor protection.

This ruling distorting the purpose of Section 230 comes as calls to retire the protection amplify among U.S. politicians desperate to police the space created by the internet.

This sentiment was clear in the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act, which began circulating in Congress in 2014, seeking to make it a crime to benefit financially or receive anything of value from knowingly distributing advertising that offers a commercial sex act by someone who has been forced into the sex industry. What constitutes "knowing" is defined so... more »

A Washington state court has awkwardly attempted to sidestep Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, which protect online service providers from being charged for crimes committed by their users, by claiming that a site's content guidelines make it an information provider, and therefore exempt from safe harbor protection.

This ruling distorting the purpose of Section 230 comes as calls to retire the protection amplify among U.S. politicians desperate to police the space created by the internet.

This sentiment was clear in the Stop Advertising Victims of Exploitation (SAVE) Act, which began circulating in Congress in 2014, seeking to make it a crime to benefit financially or receive anything of value from knowingly distributing advertising that offers a commercial sex act by someone who has been forced into the sex industry. What constitutes "knowing" is defined so vaguely that the act in practice would make it possible for sites to be charged even if they do not know they are hosting such ads.

As the American Civil Liberties Union pointed out at the time, passage of the act would create a situation not unlike that created by the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA), which has resulted in a trigger-happy regime where sites take down content said to be infringing copyright without question, forcing the individual who posted the content to defend their right to do so through a complicated and intimidating process. The DMCA has been criticized as having a chilling effect on speech, as it is employed most often by individuals who disagree with speech and want it removed, rather than by actual copyright holders.

The SAVE Act passed the House of Representatives in 2014, but it stalled. In January, it resurfaced in the new House and was passed once again, with chances of its being enacted slightly improved. It seemed for a moment that it might stall again, but instead, it was quietly added to the Justice for Victims of Trafficking Act (JVTA), a whopper of a bill that dramatically shifted the conversation from free speech to the right of victims to receive federal funding to cover abortions.

The JVTA seeks to make it easier to go after those who seek to buy sex from a victim of coercion by putting soliciting on equal footing with trafficking. Like so many instances where we are assured that giving up a tiny bit of freedom will result in more security, what the JVTA actually does is authorize and fund a number of local, state, and federal law enforcement initiatives and expand the powers of existing agencies, such as Immigrations and Customs Enforcement and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, in order to combat not only sex trafficking, but "illicit sexual conduct," "illicit e-commerce," and "cybercrime."

Though the intent of the SAVE Act is intended for sites like Backpage, there is no reason this whittling of Section 230 will end with classified sites. Investigations by law enforcement have already implicated Facebook and Instagram as sites used by would-be pimps to "lure" young women into sex commerce through the use of hashtags.

But Facebook and Instagram are not the only sites being used by people involved in commercial sex. Indeed, law enforcement’s continued interest in sites used by sex workers has had the unintended effect of driving more of them to general-use social networks. The inherent risk of using sex worker-specific forums was made abundantly clear to sex workers in June of last year when the FBI seized the site myRedBook and raided its center of operations in Mountain View, and more recently when Homeland Security raided Rentboy offices in New York.

There is no knowing what site will be the first target of the JVTA now that Obama has signed it into law, but it's more than likely that it will force action by sites used by the general population. It’s no coincidence that the first draconian policies against "adult" content coincide with the first opportunistic political campaigns targeting pornography online, or that so many sites have enforced dangerous “real” names policies against users, including vulnerable populations. This last was one of the first demands made by Richard Blumenthal when he went after MySpace in 2006 as Attorney General of the state of Connecticut. And he rode his success as a champion of a "clean" internet all the way to the Senate.

It would not be surprising if, as a result of increased policing under the JVTA, social networks began suspending the accounts of sex workers -- and with it, the activism for human rights that they often undertake. Just as voluntary sex work is often framed as "self-trafficking" in some jurisdictions, so too have safety primers for sex workers been seen as encouraging prostitution. A case in point is the recent suspension from YouTube of Charlotte Rose, a sex worker and MP candidate who organized a rally protesting UK pornography regulations.

All of these policies and the manner they are enforced are a self-protective response from American tech companies to an assault by the state, not in the name of finding traffickers, but to control a space that the state cannot yet easily police — and, by extension, those of us who inhabit it, whether we fall under their jurisdiction or not.___

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2015-09-04 13:02:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Members of the polyamory community have become involved in an increasingly nasty fight online over the use of the word "poly," which members of the Polynesian community also use. The latter claim the abbreviation by the former contributes to the erasure of their marginalized community and difficulty in finding one another online via hashtags and search engines. This thoughtful piece by +Aida Manduley​ spells out the reasons that theirs is an important request to oblige.

Members of the polyamory community have become involved in an increasingly nasty fight online over the use of the word "poly," which members of the Polynesian community also use. The latter claim the abbreviation by the former contributes to the erasure of their marginalized community and difficulty in finding one another online via hashtags and search engines. This thoughtful piece by +Aida Manduley​ spells out the reasons that theirs is an important request to oblige.___

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2015-09-04 00:40:23 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

Prisons are keeping the music cassette alive.

"I think you could characterize our operating model as stubbornness and stupidity," says Steve Stepp, president of National Audio Company.___Prisons are keeping the music cassette alive.

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2015-09-03 19:29:14 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 22 +1s)Open 

This (and two marine batteries) is what's keeping our laptops running this week.

It's dicey. My 17" MacBook Pro is a powerhog.

This (and two marine batteries) is what's keeping our laptops running this week.

It's dicey. My 17" MacBook Pro is a powerhog.___

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2015-09-03 19:26:35 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Everyday #Iran https://instagram.com/p/7LhILJH_1L/

Everyday #Iran https://instagram.com/p/7LhILJH_1L/___

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2015-09-03 18:32:35 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

Sunsets on Sandy Neck. 

Sunsets on Sandy Neck. ___

2015-09-03 18:03:44 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 12 +1s)Open 

If you ever want to be really conscious of how much power your laptop is using, power it through a 12V voltage converter. Every time I scroll a window, the voltage converter squeaks louder.

#ns  

If you ever want to be really conscious of how much power your laptop is using, power it through a 12V voltage converter. Every time I scroll a window, the voltage converter squeaks louder.

#ns  ___

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2015-09-03 15:28:48 (8 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

16yr old girl accused of committing sex crimes against herself for a selfie.

"After a 16-year-old Fayetteville girl made a sexually explicit nude photo of herself for her boyfriend last fall, the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office concluded that she committed two felony sex crimes against herself and arrested her in February.

The girl was listed on a warrant as both the adult perpetrator and the minor victim of two counts of sexual exploitation of minor - second-degree exploitation for making her photo and third-degree exploitation for having her photo in her possession.

A conviction could have put the girl in prison and would have required her to register as a sex offender for the rest of her life. A plea bargain arranged for her in July should clear her record next summer."

What the fuck.___16yr old girl accused of committing sex crimes against herself for a selfie.

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2015-09-03 15:27:34 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

"This is how I prefer to be known here."

"This is how I prefer to be known here."___

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2015-09-03 14:00:34 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

❝ How is it that two mentally ill Black men targeting police officers constitutes a pattern, but the killing of Walter Scott, the killing of Samuel Dubose, and the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, all by police while they were clearly unarmed and committing no crimes, add up to a collection of unrelated, isolated incidents? How is it that the random acts of two mentally unstable Black men who had no formal or informal relationship with the Black Lives Matter movement constitute a trend, but the two dozen police killings of unarmed Black citizens again remain a collection of unfortunate but isolated incidents? ❞

After a Texas police officer was murdered a few days ago, the sheriff of that town – and soon after him, a chorus of other people from law enforcement – came out to blame this murder on the existence of the Black Lives Matter movement. By advocating for police reform, he argues, and by bringing murders (and lesser criminality) by police officers to the fore, they have devalued police lives and put police officers everywhere in jeopardy.

If something sounds specious to you about this argument, there's a reason. And rather than write an essay explaining it, I'm going to hand you over to Brittney Cooper, who has written an excellent and extremely readable explanation of not just this, but of the broader pattern it belongs to.

And in case you're wondering: There is no evidence whatsoever that this murder had anything to do with Black Lives Matter.___❝ How is it that two mentally ill Black men targeting police officers constitutes a pattern, but the killing of Walter Scott, the killing of Samuel Dubose, and the killing of Jonathan Ferrell, all by police while they were clearly unarmed and committing no crimes, add up to a collection of unrelated, isolated incidents? How is it that the random acts of two mentally unstable Black men who had no formal or informal relationship with the Black Lives Matter movement constitute a trend, but the two dozen police killings of unarmed Black citizens again remain a collection of unfortunate but isolated incidents? ❞

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2015-09-03 13:55:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

The cost of apathy

I keep seeing images of Alyan Kurdi lying face down on a beach. It is an image that tabloids like the Daily Mail have published with unrepentant hypocrisy, despite previously labelling people like him as 'hoards of migrants', stirring up the British public into a frenzy of panic and xenophobia for months since this crisis began.

I see a near-constant use of the phrase 'we need to do more', but I don't see anything changing. I read yesterday that the UK has only taken in 216 refugees so far. Out of the hundreds of thousands who have fled their homes in terror, this country has only taken in less than what it would take to fill up a subway carriage. 

I also hear the refrain "But Britain is full", as if it's an elevator jammed full of people and there's nothing that can be done to squeeze more in. I keep hearing... more »

The cost of apathy

I keep seeing images of Alyan Kurdi lying face down on a beach. It is an image that tabloids like the Daily Mail have published with unrepentant hypocrisy, despite previously labelling people like him as 'hoards of migrants', stirring up the British public into a frenzy of panic and xenophobia for months since this crisis began.

I see a near-constant use of the phrase 'we need to do more', but I don't see anything changing. I read yesterday that the UK has only taken in 216 refugees so far. Out of the hundreds of thousands who have fled their homes in terror, this country has only taken in less than what it would take to fill up a subway carriage. 

I also hear the refrain "But Britain is full", as if it's an elevator jammed full of people and there's nothing that can be done to squeeze more in. I keep hearing how we don't have money to house these "swarms of migrants", yet funnily enough there is enough money to build more walls and fences to keep these pesky migrants out. 

I see how the language being used in the media to describe these people, these refugees, these humans, is incredibly dehumanising. 'The hoards of migrants', 'the swarms of immigrants', they are lazy descriptions that allow us to disengage, to not see them as people who have lost everything.  

I read opinion pieces deploring the use of images like Alyan Kurdi's body, that their deaths are not ours to gawk at - but perhaps that's exactly the sort of image we need to shock an apathetic public and government into actually giving a shit about these people. Perhaps it is a means to an end. If the public outcry over the image of a drowned toddler is what it takes to make the people in Europe care about these refugees seeking asylum, seeking safety, seeking relief, then maybe that's what needs to happen. 

http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/sep/02/shocking-image-of-drowned-syrian-boy-shows-tragic-plight-of-refugees___

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2015-09-02 23:38:36 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls on Kickstarter!
B is for Basketball Player, which is a thing a girl can be. 
Support>>> http://kck.st/1O4qqrY <<<Support

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The A to Z Guide to Jobs for Girls on Kickstarter!
B is for Basketball Player, which is a thing a girl can be. 
Support>>> http://kck.st/1O4qqrY <<<Support

Thank you for the plusses and shares!___

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2015-09-02 23:17:41 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Who Counts as a Woman in Sports?

❝ In terms of public sympathy, Dutee Chand may get mileage out of the fact that she was born female. We may empathize with her predicament because she has owned her femaleness from her earliest age. This means that taking this away from her, by ruling that she falls outside the category of “female” for purposes of track competitions, amounts to taking away something that has been hers her whole life. By contrast, the transgender woman has likely had femaleness as a recognized feature of her identity for a much shorter time. Taking it away from her may thus seem like less of a deprivation.

There is a phenomenon identified in behavioral economics as the “endowment effect,” whereby people consider things that they already own to be about twice as valuable as the same things that they do not yet own. This creates another seeminglyirrationa... more »

Who Counts as a Woman in Sports?

❝ In terms of public sympathy, Dutee Chand may get mileage out of the fact that she was born female. We may empathize with her predicament because she has owned her femaleness from her earliest age. This means that taking this away from her, by ruling that she falls outside the category of “female” for purposes of track competitions, amounts to taking away something that has been hers her whole life. By contrast, the transgender woman has likely had femaleness as a recognized feature of her identity for a much shorter time. Taking it away from her may thus seem like less of a deprivation.

There is a phenomenon identified in behavioral economics as the “endowment effect,” whereby people consider things that they already own to be about twice as valuable as the same things that they do not yet own. This creates another seemingly irrational phenomenon known as “loss aversion,” whereby people are much less willing to give up something that they already own than they are to forgo the receipt of the exact same something that is not yet theirs. Professor Michael Dorf and I, in our forthcoming book, Beating Hearts: Abortion and Animal Rights, argue that there may be a moral component to the endowment effect, such that our moral intuitions tell us that someone who already owns something (or has owned it for some period of time) has a greater entitlement to keep it than does someone who has yet to own it or to acquire it in the first place. If entitlements correspond to ownership in this way, then it may make sense to preference Dutee Chand’s claim of femaleness over the claims of someone who only recently (relative to her date of birth) announced that she is transgender. ❞___

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2015-09-02 21:46:55 (3 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-02 21:35:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

In search of the American dream, Latin American migrants are risking life and limb to reach the US border http://aje.io/u3bu

In search of the American dream, Latin American migrants are risking life and limb to reach the US border http://aje.io/u3bu___

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2015-09-02 21:21:28 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

h/t +Slate 

h/t +Slate ___

2015-09-02 19:45:50 (0 comments, 5 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

New FCC Rules Could Ban WiFi Router Firmware Modification - You have until Sept 8 to leave a comment with the FCC.

New FCC Rules Could Ban WiFi Router Firmware Modification - You have until Sept 8 to leave a comment with the FCC.___

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2015-09-02 19:27:42 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Think we have a border problem? Iran returns 2000 people a day across the Afghan border.

Think we have a border problem? Iran returns 2000 people a day across the Afghan border.___

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2015-09-02 14:11:40 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

The Secrets of Burma Superstar's Cult Classic Tea Leaf Salad

The Secrets of Burma Superstar's Cult Classic Tea Leaf Salad___

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2015-09-02 14:10:44 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

From guerrilla warrior to artist: An interview with ‘The Storyteller’ of Yangon

From guerrilla warrior to artist: An interview with ‘The Storyteller’ of Yangon___

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2015-09-02 14:09:57 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

Today marks an alarming record: for the first time in recorded history, there are three Category 4 hurricanes simultaneously moving across the Pacific Ocean. From left to right, these have been named Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena; Ignacio is currently headed towards the Big Island of Hawaii, while the path of the other two isn't yet clear enough to know if any islands are in danger.

You can read more about it here: http://www.sciencealert.com/three-category-4-hurricanes-have-just-hit-in-pacific-ocean-at-the-same-time

h/t +Mike Clancy.

Today marks an alarming record: for the first time in recorded history, there are three Category 4 hurricanes simultaneously moving across the Pacific Ocean. From left to right, these have been named Kilo, Ignacio, and Jimena; Ignacio is currently headed towards the Big Island of Hawaii, while the path of the other two isn't yet clear enough to know if any islands are in danger.

You can read more about it here: http://www.sciencealert.com/three-category-4-hurricanes-have-just-hit-in-pacific-ocean-at-the-same-time

h/t +Mike Clancy.___

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2015-09-02 13:03:56 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

In photos: Estonia's Kihnu - the women's island. More here: http://aje.io/f8sj

In photos: Estonia's Kihnu - the women's island. More here: http://aje.io/f8sj___

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2015-09-01 20:19:11 (6 comments, 2 reshares, 9 +1s)Open 

You haven't experienced Boston until you've experienced moving day.

My policy is whenever possible to get out of town on this weekend. Especially after a couple years ago my parked car got smashed by a U-Haul.

h/t +shadi fotouhi

You haven't experienced Boston until you've experienced moving day.

My policy is whenever possible to get out of town on this weekend. Especially after a couple years ago my parked car got smashed by a U-Haul.

h/t +shadi fotouhi___

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2015-09-01 06:21:21 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

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2015-09-01 01:08:08 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

Good news: Google+ on the iPad now supports Collections.
Bad news: Google+ on the iPad still has a non-working share button when viewing linked articles.

It's been broken since the share button was introduced on iOS over 9 months ago. It works just fine on the iPhone. I can't conceive a reason for it to be broken on one and not the other. It's bizarre.

Oh, and it still has the bug where sometime the Done button does nothing, and you're stuck with a compose window for your post (like the one I'm typing in right now) that you can't close without force quitting the app. Or possibly by going and sharing it to Public again, even though it already is.

#ns

Good news: Google+ on the iPad now supports Collections.
Bad news: Google+ on the iPad still has a non-working share button when viewing linked articles.

It's been broken since the share button was introduced on iOS over 9 months ago. It works just fine on the iPhone. I can't conceive a reason for it to be broken on one and not the other. It's bizarre.

Oh, and it still has the bug where sometime the Done button does nothing, and you're stuck with a compose window for your post (like the one I'm typing in right now) that you can't close without force quitting the app. Or possibly by going and sharing it to Public again, even though it already is.

#ns___

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2015-08-31 20:07:50 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 11 +1s)Open 

It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.

This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.

If this doesn’t sound like the Mexico you’ve been hearing about lately — the one that has been ripping America off, the one that sends rapists and criminals across the border — you might want to consider this little-known gesture of humanity from our abused southern neighbor as you think about Katrina 10 years later.

It was the first time a Mexican army had marched on San Antonio since 1836 when Gen. Santa Ana massacred besieged Texas independence fighters at the Alamo.

This time, however, the Mexican soldiers were on a relief mission to feed tens of thousands of homeless and hungry Americans displaced by Hurricane Katrina. Setting up camp at a former Air Force base outside San Antonio, they distributed potable water, medical supplies and 7,000 hot meals a day for the next three weeks.

If this doesn’t sound like the Mexico you’ve been hearing about lately — the one that has been ripping America off, the one that sends rapists and criminals across the border — you might want to consider this little-known gesture of humanity from our abused southern neighbor as you think about Katrina 10 years later.___

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2015-08-31 01:36:31 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-31 01:34:36 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 6 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-31 01:30:37 (5 comments, 1 reshares, 15 +1s)Open 

Did computers kill cursive, or was it really the ballpoint pen?

___Did computers kill cursive, or was it really the ballpoint pen?

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2015-08-31 01:24:44 (1 comments, 0 reshares, 1 +1s)Open 

+Howlin' Hobbit, this made me think of you.

#ns

+Howlin' Hobbit, this made me think of you.

#ns___

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2015-08-31 01:07:10 (3 comments, 4 reshares, 26 +1s)Open 

Perhaps the greatest thing ever....

Via +Brett B​

Perhaps the greatest thing ever....

Via +Brett B​___

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2015-08-31 00:47:52 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 7 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-30 22:57:32 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 0 +1s)Open 

+Brian Holt Hawthorne Any idea who this was?

+Brian Holt Hawthorne Any idea who this was?___

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2015-08-30 22:56:22 (5 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

Hawk on the tower.

Hawk on the tower.___

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2015-08-30 22:37:52 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

This certainly seems to be the conservative expectation for Iran negotiations. We set the boundaries, you do it.

Paul R. Pillar:

One of the unfortunate corollaries of American exceptionalism is a warped and highly asymmetric conception of negotiation. [...] The corollary about negotiation is, stated in its simplest and bluntest terms, that negotiation is an encounter between diplomats in which the United States makes its demands—sometimes expressed as “red lines”—and the other side accepts those demands, with the task of the diplomats being to work out the details of implementation. Or, if the other side is not going along with that script and acceding to U.S. demands, then the United States has to exert more pressure on the other side until it does accede.

This is markedly different from the rest of the world's conception of negotiation, in which each side begins with positions that neither side will get or expects to get entirely, followed by a process of give-and-take and mutual concession to arrive at a compromise that meets the needs of each side enough that it is better for each than no agreement at all.

Americans' domestic experience with negotiation has been only a partial corrective to their warped view of international negotiation, and that experience has become even less of a corrective in recent times. The United States has a long history of labor-management negotiations that have determined wages and working conditions of many Americans. But it also was in the United States that there arose Boulwarism, an approach to labor relations named after Lemuel R. Boulware, a vice president of General Electric in the 1950s, consisting of management putting a single, inflexible, take-it-or-leave-it formula on the table and refusing to make any concessions to unions. Boulwarism was found to be an unfair labor practice, but with the decline over the past few decades of labor unions and of the significance of collective bargaining for American workers, it in effect has come to prevail in much of the American economy.

Domestic American politics have followed a similar trajectory. Once upon a time, give-and-take and finding compromises were the daily stuff of American politics, including as practiced on Capitol Hill. Now, in a coarsened and hyper-partisan environment, they are so rare as to be a news item when they do still occur. What is now standard is the imposition of red lines—maybe called something else, such as litmus tests or no-tax pledges—and a focus on what kinds of pressure or extortion could achieve total defeat of the other side. Domestic trends, political and economic, thus have reinforced American ways of thinking about bargaining that have further entrenched the idiosyncratic and unhelpful American view of international negotiations.

A consequence of this view is to regard concessions and compromise not as necessary parts of negotiation but instead as a source of shame or a badge of weakness. We have seen this amid the flak the Obama administration is taking from its political opponents regarding its handling of the nuclear negotiations with Iran. Among the criticisms, as if this really should count as criticism, have been observations that the United States has not rigidly held to what may have been earlier positions and demands.

[...]

A bargaining relationship may exist whether one party says so or not. Even Boulware was in a bargaining relationship with labor unions, despite trying to approach the issues at hand as if he weren't. Inflexibility is an approach toward bargaining, though not necessarily a good one; it is not a way of making the bargaining situation go away.

http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/paul-pillar/the-odd-american-view-negotiation-13159___This certainly seems to be the conservative expectation for Iran negotiations. We set the boundaries, you do it.

2015-08-30 15:04:01 (0 comments, 1 reshares, 2 +1s)Open 

Informed Comment: Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants http://www.juancole.com/2015/08/palestine-overwhelmed-immigrants.html

Informed Comment: Palestine overwhelmed by Illegal American Immigrants http://www.juancole.com/2015/08/palestine-overwhelmed-immigrants.html___

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2015-08-29 22:10:47 (0 comments, 3 reshares, 10 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-29 20:56:58 (4 comments, 1 reshares, 13 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-29 18:18:15 (0 comments, 2 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

What is particularly fascinating about the codex are the 27,000 corrections in it. “This is a very beautiful and fine book, but it also has all this activity going on its margins and between lines, all over the place really,” he added.

What is particularly fascinating about the codex are the 27,000 corrections in it. “This is a very beautiful and fine book, but it also has all this activity going on its margins and between lines, all over the place really,” he added.___

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2015-08-28 18:27:03 (1 comments, 1 reshares, 8 +1s)Open 

If only such a machine existed...

If only such a machine existed...___

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2015-08-28 18:24:11 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

racism within humanitarian work

I saw this in Liberia too.___racism within humanitarian work

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2015-08-28 18:20:29 (1 comments, 2 reshares, 4 +1s)Open 

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2015-08-28 15:35:26 (0 comments, 0 reshares, 5 +1s)Open 

Be careful using Siri for tide information. Siri pulls it from Wolfram Alpha, and Wolfram doesn't adjust for the location you asked for, but just gives you what it considers to be the closest tidal station.

So if I ask for Barnstable Harbor tides, it gives me Cape Cod canal tides. The difference is not minor, even though they are only about 15 miles apart. High tide this morning at the Barnstable Harbor Beach Point is at 10:40am. High tide in Cape Cod Canal, Buzzard's Bay is at 8:16am. If you're aiming to drive out on the beach, that's the difference between making it, and having to pull off the trail onto a dune until the water goes down.

(FWIW, normally on my phone I use an old app called Tide Graph. It hasn't even been upgraded to use the real-estate on my phone, but it works like a charm.)

Be careful using Siri for tide information. Siri pulls it from Wolfram Alpha, and Wolfram doesn't adjust for the location you asked for, but just gives you what it considers to be the closest tidal station.

So if I ask for Barnstable Harbor tides, it gives me Cape Cod canal tides. The difference is not minor, even though they are only about 15 miles apart. High tide this morning at the Barnstable Harbor Beach Point is at 10:40am. High tide in Cape Cod Canal, Buzzard's Bay is at 8:16am. If you're aiming to drive out on the beach, that's the difference between making it, and having to pull off the trail onto a dune until the water goes down.

(FWIW, normally on my phone I use an old app called Tide Graph. It hasn't even been upgraded to use the real-estate on my phone, but it works like a charm.)___

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2015-08-28 15:11:13 (2 comments, 0 reshares, 3 +1s)Open 

A very catchy tune, on multiple levels.

#t

A very catchy tune, on multiple levels.

#t___

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