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Lotus Carroll1,778,377Welcome to The Selfie Sunday Project for October 18th. This is a Public event open to all - join us in capturing a current self portrait! *Theme*: Shadows _I have a little shadow that goes in and out with me, And what can be the use of him is more than I can see..._ ~Robert Louis Stevenson Please read this post for the guidelines and FAQ for Selfie Sunday: http://goo.gl/SKnkZ8 Please only post one photo to the event. That photo should be taken during the event weekend, or the week prior to the event. Please no dipping into the archives. Your photo can be taken from Monday, October 12th up until Monday morning, October 19th. (Older photos posted will be removed from the event.)  The event will be open for uploading photos at 8:00 PM Central on the Saturday before. Click the Add Photos button in the event to upload your images. As always, have some fun! Everyone is looking forward to some great self portraits. :-) Any questions? We have many moderators in the Art of Self Portraiture Community who can help you along the way. Drop in and ask questions: http://goo.gl/W69Ohj #selfysunday   #selfiesunday   #selfportraiture   #selfportrait   #shadows  The Selfie Sunday Project: Shadows2015-10-18 03:00:0046  
SmugMug47,156Dear SmugMug Photographer, In seven days, on Tuesday, July 30th at 10:30 a.m. PDT, we're unveiling the new SmugMug. We will be streaming our announcement live and direct from our headquarters in Mountain View, California. Join us for a 30-minute webcast with our CEO and Chief Geek, @116570889542655364711. See the new look, catch a live demo, and be a part of the biggest launch since SmugMug started in 2002. We’re so grateful you found us. Thank you for entrusting us through the years with your priceless photos. We consider you part of our family and can’t wait to show you what we’ve been working on. We think you’re gonna love it. Please tune into our UStream channel on July 30th at 10:30AM PST to view the announcement! http://www.ustream.tv/smugmug @114957514313448364645 & @116570889542655364711  Founders, photographers, regular guysUnveiling The New SmugMug2013-07-30 19:30:00287  
Google Analytics6,816,134How well does your site perform? Are the slow pages affecting your conversation rates or driving away potential visitors and clients? In this perfcast, we will talk with Justin Cutroni and Ilya Grigorik about the new "real user measurement" (RUM) capabilities available in Google Analytics: we will discuss how the data is collected, what it means, and take a deep dive into some of the advanced use cases of how you can leverage this data within Google Analytics. Link to event: http://goo.gl/5htIOMake the Web Fast: Measuring performance with Google Analytics Site Speed reports2012-08-14 23:00:00311  

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2016-12-06 16:31:32 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Best news today. What the hell, man!
"Yeah, I am. I'm going to run in 2020," Biden responded.
When asked by reporters for what position, Biden responded, "For president. What the hell, man."

Most reshares: 3

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2016-12-01 01:35:11 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Bwahaha!

Most plusones: 8

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2016-12-01 01:35:11 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Bwahaha!

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2016-12-06 22:01:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, felt optimistic when Trump announced last week that he’d reached a deal with the factory’s parent company, United Technologies, to preserve 1,100 of the Indianapolis jobs — until the union leader heard from Carrier that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all.

At the Dec. 1 meeting, where Trump was supposed to lay out the details, Jones hoped he would explain himself.

“But he got up there,” Jones said Tuesday, “and, for whatever reason, lied his a-- off.”

Of the nearly 1,400 workers at the Indianapolis plant, however, 350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave, Jones said. Another 80 jobs, which Trump seemed to include in his figure, were non-union clerical and supervisorypositions. (A... more »

Jones, president of the United Steelworkers 1999, which represents Carrier employees, felt optimistic when Trump announced last week that he’d reached a deal with the factory’s parent company, United Technologies, to preserve 1,100 of the Indianapolis jobs — until the union leader heard from Carrier that only 730 of the production jobs would stay and 550 of his members would lose their livelihoods, after all.

At the Dec. 1 meeting, where Trump was supposed to lay out the details, Jones hoped he would explain himself.

“But he got up there,” Jones said Tuesday, “and, for whatever reason, lied his a-- off.”

Of the nearly 1,400 workers at the Indianapolis plant, however, 350 in research and development were never scheduled to leave, Jones said. Another 80 jobs, which Trump seemed to include in his figure, were non-union clerical and supervisory positions. (A Carrier spokesperson confirmed the numbers.) And now the president-elect was applauding the company and giving it millions of dollars in tax breaks, even as hundreds of Indianapolis workers prepared to be laid off.

“Trump and Pence, they pulled a dog and pony show on the numbers,” said Jones, who voted for Hillary Clinton but called her "the better of two evils." “I almost threw up in my mouth.”___

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2016-12-06 16:44:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Yeah, but Musk is not liked among "old industry" businessmen, like coal barons, car makers, power companies.

Robert E. Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corporation, the largest privately owned coal company, called Mr. Musk “a fraud” for accepting $2 billion in government subsidies for Tesla.

Mr. Musk, fighting back on Twitter, wrote of Mr. Murray, a Republican who doesn’t believe human activity is affecting the climate: “Real fraud going on is denial of climate science. As for ‘subsidies’, Tesla gets pennies on dollar vs coal. How about we both go to zero?”

Yeah, but Musk is not liked among "old industry" businessmen, like coal barons, car makers, power companies.

Robert E. Murray, chief executive of Murray Energy Corporation, the largest privately owned coal company, called Mr. Musk “a fraud” for accepting $2 billion in government subsidies for Tesla.

Mr. Musk, fighting back on Twitter, wrote of Mr. Murray, a Republican who doesn’t believe human activity is affecting the climate: “Real fraud going on is denial of climate science. As for ‘subsidies’, Tesla gets pennies on dollar vs coal. How about we both go to zero?”___

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2016-12-06 16:31:32 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Best news today. What the hell, man!
"Yeah, I am. I'm going to run in 2020," Biden responded.
When asked by reporters for what position, Biden responded, "For president. What the hell, man."

Best news today. What the hell, man!
"Yeah, I am. I'm going to run in 2020," Biden responded.
When asked by reporters for what position, Biden responded, "For president. What the hell, man."___

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2016-12-06 16:19:59 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

“When did you know it was time to leave?” Ms. Firdaus asked one woman who had just recounted how her relatives had fled the Nazis. “The ones that didn’t leave are the ones who went to Auschwitz.”

The Jewish women tried to convince her that they would not let it come to that. “If Muslims have to register, we’re all going to register,” said Mahela Morrow-Jones, who is helping to build the first West Coast chapter of the Sisterhood in Santa Barbara, Calif. “You’ve got to believe it, sister.”

“When did you know it was time to leave?” Ms. Firdaus asked one woman who had just recounted how her relatives had fled the Nazis. “The ones that didn’t leave are the ones who went to Auschwitz.”

The Jewish women tried to convince her that they would not let it come to that. “If Muslims have to register, we’re all going to register,” said Mahela Morrow-Jones, who is helping to build the first West Coast chapter of the Sisterhood in Santa Barbara, Calif. “You’ve got to believe it, sister.”___

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2016-12-06 16:01:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

According to the lab, users can design, simulate and build custom #drones, altering the size, shape, and structure depending on how they want their drones fabricated and their purpose -- which impacts on factors including payload tolerance, flight time, and battery life.

To demonstrate the system, CSAIL created a range of unusual drones, including a five-rotor "pentacopter" and a rabbit-shaped "bunnycopter."

According to the lab, users can design, simulate and build custom #drones, altering the size, shape, and structure depending on how they want their drones fabricated and their purpose -- which impacts on factors including payload tolerance, flight time, and battery life.

To demonstrate the system, CSAIL created a range of unusual drones, including a five-rotor "pentacopter" and a rabbit-shaped "bunnycopter."___

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2016-12-06 15:12:28 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Sorry, smokers
The National Cancer Institute study found that people who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetimes had a 64 percent higher risk of earlier death. Those who smoked one to 10 cigarettes a day had an 87 percent greater risk.

The link to lung cancer was especially high. The group that smoked less than one cigarette a day over their lifetimes had nine times as high a risk of dying from the disease than nonsmokers, while those who smoked one to 10 cigarettes a day had a 12-fold increased risk.

Sorry, smokers
The National Cancer Institute study found that people who consistently smoked an average of less than one cigarette per day over their lifetimes had a 64 percent higher risk of earlier death. Those who smoked one to 10 cigarettes a day had an 87 percent greater risk.

The link to lung cancer was especially high. The group that smoked less than one cigarette a day over their lifetimes had nine times as high a risk of dying from the disease than nonsmokers, while those who smoked one to 10 cigarettes a day had a 12-fold increased risk.___

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2016-12-06 15:01:08 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

No jobs would be lost, the US isn't buying any more of these planes, and the US would like closer ties to India.
But then Trump telephoned Pakistan last week...

No jobs would be lost, the US isn't buying any more of these planes, and the US would like closer ties to India.
But then Trump telephoned Pakistan last week...___

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2016-12-05 22:49:27 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Thing to understand here: they're not talking about defecting from Trump to support Hillary. They're talking about defecting from Hillary (and hopefully Trump) to support a compromise Republican, probably Kasich.

Thing to understand here: they're not talking about defecting from Trump to support Hillary. They're talking about defecting from Hillary (and hopefully Trump) to support a compromise Republican, probably Kasich.___

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2016-12-05 21:06:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

#SpiceGirls  

#SpiceGirls  ___

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2016-12-05 21:01:46 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

But what makes this place memorably disturbing and great and well worth the visit (that is, if you just happen to be passing through the area, as we were not long ago on our way to the Badlands) are the dusty, decaying animatronic townsfolk who are steadily coming unglued, quite literally.

But what makes this place memorably disturbing and great and well worth the visit (that is, if you just happen to be passing through the area, as we were not long ago on our way to the Badlands) are the dusty, decaying animatronic townsfolk who are steadily coming unglued, quite literally.___

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2016-12-05 19:50:48 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Trump’s assault on the truth goes a long way toward explaining his unhinged attacks on the media. He and his advisers scream bloody murder when the press reports his own words. That’s not “dishonest” or “liberal bias” as he says — it’s reporting on the objective reality (what came out of his own mouth), something that threatens Trump’s stranglehold on the national conversation. His bizarre notion that we should not take him “literally” (i.e., expect him to believe what he says) sums up the Orwellian world in which he operates.

Trump’s assault on the truth goes a long way toward explaining his unhinged attacks on the media. He and his advisers scream bloody murder when the press reports his own words. That’s not “dishonest” or “liberal bias” as he says — it’s reporting on the objective reality (what came out of his own mouth), something that threatens Trump’s stranglehold on the national conversation. His bizarre notion that we should not take him “literally” (i.e., expect him to believe what he says) sums up the Orwellian world in which he operates.___

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2016-12-05 19:10:30 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Tough shit, Red States.
...if Republicans cut taxes — in particular, taxes on investment income — then the biggest winners are going to be the residents of Democratic states where incomes, and thus income taxes, are significantly higher. Governors and legislatures in those states — home to roughly half of all Americans — will now have the financial headroom to raise state income and business taxes by as much as the federal government cuts them — and use the additional revenue to replace all the federal services and benefits that Republicans have vowed to cut.

Tough shit, Red States.
...if Republicans cut taxes — in particular, taxes on investment income — then the biggest winners are going to be the residents of Democratic states where incomes, and thus income taxes, are significantly higher. Governors and legislatures in those states — home to roughly half of all Americans — will now have the financial headroom to raise state income and business taxes by as much as the federal government cuts them — and use the additional revenue to replace all the federal services and benefits that Republicans have vowed to cut.___

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2016-12-05 18:46:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

#China   #diplomacy   #fail  

#China   #diplomacy   #fail  ___

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2016-12-05 17:36:18 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Now that the political-media environment that we smugly thought to be “over there” seems to be arriving over here, Ms. Tolokonnikova has a message: “It’s important not to say to yourself, ‘Oh, it’s O.K.,’” she told me. “It’s important to remember that, for example, in Russia, for the first year of when Vladimir Putin came to power, everybody was thinking that it will be O.K.”

Now that the political-media environment that we smugly thought to be “over there” seems to be arriving over here, Ms. Tolokonnikova has a message: “It’s important not to say to yourself, ‘Oh, it’s O.K.,’” she told me. “It’s important to remember that, for example, in Russia, for the first year of when Vladimir Putin came to power, everybody was thinking that it will be O.K.”___

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2016-12-05 17:06:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Just might have.

Just might have.___

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2016-12-05 16:53:42 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

"You are the president-elect," she tweeted. "Pick your f---ing battles man. You are embarrassing yourself."

Muscato's first tweet was liked more than 30,000 times — but she was nowhere close to finished.

"You are the president-elect," she tweeted. "Pick your f---ing battles man. You are embarrassing yourself."

Muscato's first tweet was liked more than 30,000 times — but she was nowhere close to finished.___

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2016-12-05 03:29:46 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

It was time to Make Chevy Chase Great Again.

It was time to Make Chevy Chase Great Again.___

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2016-12-04 23:12:22 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

"The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision,” tribal chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement.

While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed.

“They [Energy Transfer Partners] can sue, and Trump can try to overturn,” Hasselman said. “But overturning it would be subject to close scrutiny by a reviewing court, and we will be watching the new administration closely.”

"The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe and all of Indian Country will be forever grateful to the Obama administration for this historic decision,” tribal chairman Dave Archambault said in a statement.

While the news is a victory, Jan Hasselman, an attorney for the tribe, cautioned that the decision could be appealed.

“They [Energy Transfer Partners] can sue, and Trump can try to overturn,” Hasselman said. “But overturning it would be subject to close scrutiny by a reviewing court, and we will be watching the new administration closely.”___

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2016-12-04 17:40:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I wonder if she's still on his cabinet list after this.

I wonder if she's still on his cabinet list after this.___

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2016-12-04 16:53:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

So, how should Trump’s statements during the campaign have been covered? Should reporters have added something like this in the second paragraph of every news story? “Trump probably didn’t mean that he would appoint a special prosecutor/build a wall/deport millions of immigrants. His statements are not meant to be taken literally but rather as broad suggestions of a feeling he was experiencing on a particular day.”

So, how should Trump’s statements during the campaign have been covered? Should reporters have added something like this in the second paragraph of every news story? “Trump probably didn’t mean that he would appoint a special prosecutor/build a wall/deport millions of immigrants. His statements are not meant to be taken literally but rather as broad suggestions of a feeling he was experiencing on a particular day.”___

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2016-12-04 16:26:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

"We should buckle up for a pretty rocky six months or year in the China-U.S. relationship. There was a sort of delusion based on overly optimistic ideas about Trump. That should stop."

WANG DONG, associate professor, Peking University.

"We should buckle up for a pretty rocky six months or year in the China-U.S. relationship. There was a sort of delusion based on overly optimistic ideas about Trump. That should stop."

WANG DONG, associate professor, Peking University.___

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2016-12-04 04:55:01 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Even if it wasn't meant to be a big deal, it's clearly become a big deal to China. China has now lodged an official complaint with the United States over the matter, though it appears to be giving Trump the benefit of the doubt and blaming Taiwan. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, called it a “petty” move by Tsai. “The One China principle is the foundation for healthy development of Sino-U. S. relations,” Wang said. “We don’t wish for anything to obstruct or ruin this foundation.”

Even if it wasn't meant to be a big deal, it's clearly become a big deal to China. China has now lodged an official complaint with the United States over the matter, though it appears to be giving Trump the benefit of the doubt and blaming Taiwan. China's foreign minister, Wang Yi, called it a “petty” move by Tsai. “The One China principle is the foundation for healthy development of Sino-U. S. relations,” Wang said. “We don’t wish for anything to obstruct or ruin this foundation.”___

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2016-12-03 20:30:34 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Before a recount.
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...Trump held a 13,107-vote lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.

Before a recount.
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...Trump held a 13,107-vote lead over Clinton. But after each county certified its results, the lead shrunk to 10,704, with the biggest chunk coming from Wayne County, which showed that Clinton had gotten 565 more votes than originally tallied by the county.___

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2016-12-03 20:25:07 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

22000 votes gone from Trump in PA before a recount.
Trump's margin of victory in Pennsylvania is shrinking as more counties finish tallying their votes.

An updated count Friday by state election officials shows Trump's lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton has shrunk to 49,000, from 71,000.



22000 votes gone from Trump in PA before a recount.
Trump's margin of victory in Pennsylvania is shrinking as more counties finish tallying their votes.

An updated count Friday by state election officials shows Trump's lead over Democrat Hillary Clinton has shrunk to 49,000, from 71,000.

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2016-12-03 15:54:38 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Remember this in four years.

Remember this in four years.___

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2016-12-02 20:35:58 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

If they ever remake that 1958 classic “The Fly,” Mitt Romney should play the fly and Donald Trump the spider that comes to eat him. “Help me, help me,” the fly cries as the spider moves in for the kill. Only in real life, nothing can help Romney. Instead of being a creature with the head of a man and the body of a fly, he has the head of a man and the quivering body of a jellyfish. It’s a different movie, I grant you — but still horrible to watch.

If they ever remake that 1958 classic “The Fly,” Mitt Romney should play the fly and Donald Trump the spider that comes to eat him. “Help me, help me,” the fly cries as the spider moves in for the kill. Only in real life, nothing can help Romney. Instead of being a creature with the head of a man and the body of a fly, he has the head of a man and the quivering body of a jellyfish. It’s a different movie, I grant you — but still horrible to watch.___

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2016-12-02 17:00:11 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Consider how a wide shot image of asylum seekers helps politicians to deface refugees by depicting them as an abstract crowd and, thereby, describing them with a range of abstract terms such as: SIVEs people (suspected illegal entry vessels), IMAs people (irregular maritime arrivals), or the less technical “boat people.” The wide shot creates an abstract form in which no human face can be found.
#photography

Consider how a wide shot image of asylum seekers helps politicians to deface refugees by depicting them as an abstract crowd and, thereby, describing them with a range of abstract terms such as: SIVEs people (suspected illegal entry vessels), IMAs people (irregular maritime arrivals), or the less technical “boat people.” The wide shot creates an abstract form in which no human face can be found.
#photography___

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2016-12-02 15:53:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

“While this announcement is good news for many, we recognize it is not good news for everyone. We are moving forward with previously announced plans to relocate the fan coil manufacturing lines..."
#Carrier

“While this announcement is good news for many, we recognize it is not good news for everyone. We are moving forward with previously announced plans to relocate the fan coil manufacturing lines..."
#Carrier___

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2016-12-02 15:31:53 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

A collection of posts by people who are already regretting voting for Trump: #Trumpgrets

A collection of posts by people who are already regretting voting for Trump: #Trumpgrets___

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2016-12-02 15:28:01 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

#DressForSuccess #Drumpf 

#DressForSuccess #Drumpf ___

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2016-12-02 15:16:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

And you were worried about Hillary's speeches to Wall Street?

OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group of investors headed by Mnuchin, had foreclosed on her Los Angeles-area home in the aftermath of the Great Recession, stripping her of the two units she rented as a primary source of income.

"I just wish that I had not voted," said Colebrook, 59. "I have no faith in our government anymore at all. They all promise you the world at the end of a stick and take it away once they get in."

...When asked on Wednesday about his credentials to be Treasury secretary, Mnuchin emphasized his time running OneWest_which not only foreclosed on Colebrook but also thousands of others in the aftermath of the housing crisis caused by sub-prime mortgages.

And you were worried about Hillary's speeches to Wall Street?

OneWest, a bank formerly owned by a group of investors headed by Mnuchin, had foreclosed on her Los Angeles-area home in the aftermath of the Great Recession, stripping her of the two units she rented as a primary source of income.

"I just wish that I had not voted," said Colebrook, 59. "I have no faith in our government anymore at all. They all promise you the world at the end of a stick and take it away once they get in."

...When asked on Wednesday about his credentials to be Treasury secretary, Mnuchin emphasized his time running OneWest_which not only foreclosed on Colebrook but also thousands of others in the aftermath of the housing crisis caused by sub-prime mortgages.___

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2016-12-02 13:44:39 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Nico Rosberg, 2016 Formula One World Champion, announces his retirement.
#formula1 #F1 #grandprix 

Nico Rosberg, 2016 Formula One World Champion, announces his retirement.
#formula1 #F1 #grandprix ___

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2016-12-02 04:57:39 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Penzeys Spices is still busting Trump's chops, and now they're challenging other CEOs to do the same. Received in email and also posted on Facebook.
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Dear CEO,

Please give us a moment to share something we hope you will find very valuable. 

Our customers come from all walks of life. The kindness of cooks knows no borders or divides. In the aftermath of the election, seeing the intentional damage inflicted on so many outside the white heterosexual male world, we raised our voice. We felt we had to. We did this because we are Penzeys. The Spice business is so intertwined with history that it's not really possible to have one without the other. It became clear to us that we are now in a moment history will long have its eyes upon. For the sake of our customers, and for the sake of future generations, we felt the time had come to stand on the right side ofh... more »

Penzeys Spices is still busting Trump's chops, and now they're challenging other CEOs to do the same. Received in email and also posted on Facebook.
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Dear CEO,

Please give us a moment to share something we hope you will find very valuable. 

Our customers come from all walks of life. The kindness of cooks knows no borders or divides. In the aftermath of the election, seeing the intentional damage inflicted on so many outside the white heterosexual male world, we raised our voice. We felt we had to. We did this because we are Penzeys. The Spice business is so intertwined with history that it's not really possible to have one without the other. It became clear to us that we are now in a moment history will long have its eyes upon. For the sake of our customers, and for the sake of future generations, we felt the time had come to stand on the right side of history. 

And while the reasons for why we took a stand might be specific to our unique outlook, what we learned actually applies to all commerce in the United States. What we learned is that President-elect Donald Trump has no real support. Voters, sure, but no constituency. Running a campaign on "that horrible-terrible-woman who should be locked up," while at the same time working to raise fear of minorities among white voters with limited access to education, clearly achieved its goal. But none of it left Americans with any sense of connection to the candidate they actually voted for. 

Willing to take a hit for what is right, we did what we did. In the two weeks since, online sales are up 59.9%, gift box sales up 135%. And we didn't have a catalog arrive in this window this year, while last year we had 1.1 million! Yes, maybe for the moment we have lost 3% of our customers because of the so-called "right wing firestorm." And, yes, they send emails of rage, and ALL CAPS, and bad language with the hope of creating the perception that they are bigger than they really are. But what we learned is that, in terms of retail spending, Donald Trump simply has no one supporting his views for America. He has no constituency. 

America's Values, on the other hand, have a really sizable constituency, and that constituency moves quickly to support those that stand up for the values of America. If, as a company, you have values, now is the time to share them. You may well lose a chunk of your AM radio-listening customers, but if you really are honest and sincere, don't be surprised to see your promotions suddenly, finally, find active engagement with the Millennial generation.

And the time for this really is now. We understand all too well that, with the holidays, December is a tough month to get things done. We understand that a change in direction will not be easy, but you are where you are because you don't need things to be easy. [If you wait until after the wheels come off the track for the incoming administration, this moment will have passed.* And while there's no bad time to do the right thing, to do the right thing at the same time as others in your industry will work so much better than waiting until someone else has shown the way. 

In this moment there is finally the real chance to unite our nation in our shared rejection of sexism, homophobia, and racism. This is your chance to stand up for America's values and make January a tent pole in your company's history. Opportunities to do the right thing at the time when doing the right thing makes all the difference come once in a lifetime. Make your history proud.

Thanks for reading,

Penzeys Spices

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2016-12-01 21:20:26 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

After the Oct. 30 quake, one of the few things left standing at the monastery was a small brewery, where for the past four years the monks have been making Nursia, a beer named for Norcia’s ancient Latin appellation.
...Led by Father Folsom, who is the prior emeritus, the monks now number 15. They learned beer-making from experienced Trappist brewmasters in Belgium, and began to make Nursia in 2012. The beer’s name was chosen “specifically to help the townspeople, rather than naming it after St. Benedict,” Father Nivakoff said.
“We wanted people to identify the beer with the town,” and to help support it, he added.
Brother Augustine Wilmeth, who was born in South Carolina and serves as the brewmaster, said Nursia was “the only monastic beer in the world that is made exclusively by the monks.”
Other monastic brewing operations, he explained, have grown into million-dollarenterprises wit... more »

After the Oct. 30 quake, one of the few things left standing at the monastery was a small brewery, where for the past four years the monks have been making Nursia, a beer named for Norcia’s ancient Latin appellation.
...Led by Father Folsom, who is the prior emeritus, the monks now number 15. They learned beer-making from experienced Trappist brewmasters in Belgium, and began to make Nursia in 2012. The beer’s name was chosen “specifically to help the townspeople, rather than naming it after St. Benedict,” Father Nivakoff said.
“We wanted people to identify the beer with the town,” and to help support it, he added.
Brother Augustine Wilmeth, who was born in South Carolina and serves as the brewmaster, said Nursia was “the only monastic beer in the world that is made exclusively by the monks.”
Other monastic brewing operations, he explained, have grown into million-dollar enterprises with many workers. In Norcia, the monks do everything themselves, producing around 10,000 bottles each month.

#beer ___

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2016-12-01 21:08:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

“I know that the president-elect has indicated that he deserves credit … for that announcement, and I guess what I would observe is that if he is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will meet the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office,” Earnest said.

“There were 805,000 manufacturing jobs that weren’t just protected or saved, but actually created while President Obama was in office,” he said.

“I know that the president-elect has indicated that he deserves credit … for that announcement, and I guess what I would observe is that if he is successful in doing that 804 more times, then he will meet the record of manufacturing jobs that were created in the United States while President Obama was in office,” Earnest said.

“There were 805,000 manufacturing jobs that weren’t just protected or saved, but actually created while President Obama was in office,” he said.___

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2016-12-01 18:48:02 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

It's ok, my liver has been working out all year!

It's ok, my liver has been working out all year!___

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2016-12-01 17:59:38 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

“Waiting and seeing” risks all that defines the United States as a land of freedom. In his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. argued that it was a “tragic misconception of time” to believe that waiting to see will provide favorable results. “Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” he said. It comes through “the tireless efforts” of people seeking social justice. “Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”

“Waiting and seeing” risks all that defines the United States as a land of freedom. In his 1963 “Letter from Birmingham Jail,” the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr. argued that it was a “tragic misconception of time” to believe that waiting to see will provide favorable results. “Human progress never rolls in on wheels of inevitability,” he said. It comes through “the tireless efforts” of people seeking social justice. “Now is the time to lift our national policy from the quicksand of racial injustice to the solid rock of human dignity.”___

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2016-12-01 17:46:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?

In exchange for allowing United Technologies to continue to offshore more than 1,000 jobs, Trump will reportedly give the company tax and regulatory favors that the corporation has sought. Just a short few months ago, Trump was pledging to force United Technologies to “pay a damn tax.” He was insisting on very steep tariffs for companies like Carrier that left the United States and wanted to sell their foreign-made products back in the United States. Instead of a damn tax, the company will be rewarded with a damn tax cut. Wow! How’s that for standing up to corporate greed? How’s that for punishing corporations that shut down in the United States and move abroad?___

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2016-12-01 15:27:16 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

And you were worried about Hillary's "Wall Street connections"

And you were worried about Hillary's "Wall Street connections"___

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2016-12-01 04:10:33 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Republicans are converging on the realization that they cannot do it without Democrats. Their choice has boiled down to two basic options: Entice Democrats to cooperate on bipartisan changes, or blow up the law and try to coerce Democrats into giving them cover. The latter choice, the one favored by most Republicans, amounts to handing Democrats a gun and make them choose which hostages to shoot. The most aggressive Republicans are increasingly tipping their hand that they want to use coercion.

Republicans are converging on the realization that they cannot do it without Democrats. Their choice has boiled down to two basic options: Entice Democrats to cooperate on bipartisan changes, or blow up the law and try to coerce Democrats into giving them cover. The latter choice, the one favored by most Republicans, amounts to handing Democrats a gun and make them choose which hostages to shoot. The most aggressive Republicans are increasingly tipping their hand that they want to use coercion.___

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2016-12-01 01:35:11 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Bwahaha!

Bwahaha!___

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2016-11-30 18:13:11 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Yeah, I really do have a hard time feeling sympathy for these people. Barack Obama saved their lives, and they decided he was evil.

Yeah, I really do have a hard time feeling sympathy for these people. Barack Obama saved their lives, and they decided he was evil.___

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2016-11-30 18:05:41 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

All five are worth a read.

2. Gen-Xers and Millennials need to own the Democratic Party. Baby Boomer politics is over and it ends with Trump. Hillary Clinton is gone. There are no viable Baby Boomer presidential candidates left. The Democratic Party is there for the taking, but Gen-Xers and Millennials seem not to want it. Maybe it’s got something to do with the indie culture of the ’80s and ’90s (as a Gen-X indie demigod once sang, “We’ll inherit the earth—but we don’t want it”): Gen-Xers and Millennials on the right have no problem embracing the Republican Party (see: Paul Ryan), but those of us on the left seem uncomfortable with a mainstream institution like the Democratic Party. Many of us (including me) have been sympathetic to third parties, but the truth is that third parties under the U.S. Constitution are just a mirage for the young, the gullible and the quixotic. We areforced into bro... more »

All five are worth a read.

2. Gen-Xers and Millennials need to own the Democratic Party. Baby Boomer politics is over and it ends with Trump. Hillary Clinton is gone. There are no viable Baby Boomer presidential candidates left. The Democratic Party is there for the taking, but Gen-Xers and Millennials seem not to want it. Maybe it’s got something to do with the indie culture of the ’80s and ’90s (as a Gen-X indie demigod once sang, “We’ll inherit the earth—but we don’t want it”): Gen-Xers and Millennials on the right have no problem embracing the Republican Party (see: Paul Ryan), but those of us on the left seem uncomfortable with a mainstream institution like the Democratic Party. Many of us (including me) have been sympathetic to third parties, but the truth is that third parties under the U.S. Constitution are just a mirage for the young, the gullible and the quixotic. We are forced into broad coalitions by the winner-take-all electoral system, and to drop out of that system is to make yourself thoroughly powerless. Even if you think that we should have a parliamentary multi-party system, you’re going to have to get the buy-in of at least one of our major parties to amend the Constitution to make that happen. Sorry, generational cohort: we are the Democratic Party, and the Democratic Party is us. If we don’t use it, we’re going to get fucked by the Trumpists until we die.___

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2016-11-30 17:39:21 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Wisconsin adopted a tough photo-ID law, and in Milwaukee, where a large number of African Americans don’t drive or have licenses, turnout declined in 2016 by 41,000 compared with 2012, a 15 percent drop. Turnout was significantly lower than in 2004 and 2008 as well. The dropoff was steepest in the poorest precincts.

“No matter how hard one tries to attribute this to lower voter interest in this election, the stark drop must be attributable to impact of the photo-ID rule,” argues Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.



Wisconsin adopted a tough photo-ID law, and in Milwaukee, where a large number of African Americans don’t drive or have licenses, turnout declined in 2016 by 41,000 compared with 2012, a 15 percent drop. Turnout was significantly lower than in 2004 and 2008 as well. The dropoff was steepest in the poorest precincts.

“No matter how hard one tries to attribute this to lower voter interest in this election, the stark drop must be attributable to impact of the photo-ID rule,” argues Kristen Clarke, head of the Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights Under Law.

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2016-11-30 16:42:27 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

#MakePosters
“The culture changes, and fascism rears its ugly head every so often and that’s what’s happening now,” said Ms. Minter, marching with a battery-powered candle and a sign that made a comically profane reference to Donald J. Trump’s claim to have grabbed women’s genitals. “We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters.”

For the last week, Ms. Trump has been the subject of a new Instagram account called dear_ivanka, which posts generally glamorous social-media or publicity pictures of the president-elect’s daughter alongside captions addressed to her that express fears about Mr. Trump’s policy positions, about the potential for political corruption because of the Trump family’s international business interests and about the racist and xenophobic views of some of Mr. Trump’ssupporters.... more »

#MakePosters
“The culture changes, and fascism rears its ugly head every so often and that’s what’s happening now,” said Ms. Minter, marching with a battery-powered candle and a sign that made a comically profane reference to Donald J. Trump’s claim to have grabbed women’s genitals. “We wanted to do something to start to the ball rolling, to grow a protest, and we’re artists, so we know how to make posters.”

For the last week, Ms. Trump has been the subject of a new Instagram account called dear_ivanka, which posts generally glamorous social-media or publicity pictures of the president-elect’s daughter alongside captions addressed to her that express fears about Mr. Trump’s policy positions, about the potential for political corruption because of the Trump family’s international business interests and about the racist and xenophobic views of some of Mr. Trump’s supporters.___

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2016-11-29 21:47:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

...coal country turned out big for Donald Trump and the bill is coming due even before the guy is inaugurated. From Stat:

But now some in coal country are worried that instead of helping, Trump's first actions will deprive miners — and their widows and children — of the compensation they can receive if they are disabled by respiratory problems linked to breathing coal mine dust. That's because buried in the Affordable Care Act are three sentences that made it much easier to access these benefits. If Trump repeals Obamacare — as he vowed to do before the election — and does not keep that section on the books, the miners will be back to where they were in 2009, when it was exceedingly difficult to be awarded compensation for "black lung" disease."You couldn't ever win back then," said Sue Toler, a coal miner's widow in Huntsville, Tenn., ofclaims ... more »

...coal country turned out big for Donald Trump and the bill is coming due even before the guy is inaugurated. From Stat:

But now some in coal country are worried that instead of helping, Trump's first actions will deprive miners — and their widows and children — of the compensation they can receive if they are disabled by respiratory problems linked to breathing coal mine dust. That's because buried in the Affordable Care Act are three sentences that made it much easier to access these benefits. If Trump repeals Obamacare — as he vowed to do before the election — and does not keep that section on the books, the miners will be back to where they were in 2009, when it was exceedingly difficult to be awarded compensation for "black lung" disease."You couldn't ever win back then," said Sue Toler, a coal miner's widow in Huntsville, Tenn., of claims for black lung benefits. "It didn't matter what kind of evidence you had."___

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2016-11-29 21:38:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

West Virginia morning sky

West Virginia morning sky___

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2016-11-29 19:11:48 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Manufacturing jobs may be down, but output is up, thanks to technology. The same thing miners can look at before expecting any returns of jobs.

Manufacturing jobs may be down, but output is up, thanks to technology. The same thing miners can look at before expecting any returns of jobs.___

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2016-11-29 19:06:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

FIX: How surprised were you at Donald Trump’s tweetstorm about vote fraud Sunday night?

Elias: I would like to say I was surprised, but I can’t say that I am. Hillary Clinton won at least 2.2 million more popular votes than Trump. Unfortunately for our campaign the popular vote is not how we choose presidents, we do so through the electoral college. But it is clear that Secretary Clinton handily won the most votes from the American people. The fact that Mr. Trump cannot accept that fact is troubling.

We found absolutely no evidence of fraud or irregularities in the states you list, or any other. Of course, he is free to file for his own recounts or contests and if he does I promise we will participate in those as well.

FIX: How surprised were you at Donald Trump’s tweetstorm about vote fraud Sunday night?

Elias: I would like to say I was surprised, but I can’t say that I am. Hillary Clinton won at least 2.2 million more popular votes than Trump. Unfortunately for our campaign the popular vote is not how we choose presidents, we do so through the electoral college. But it is clear that Secretary Clinton handily won the most votes from the American people. The fact that Mr. Trump cannot accept that fact is troubling.

We found absolutely no evidence of fraud or irregularities in the states you list, or any other. Of course, he is free to file for his own recounts or contests and if he does I promise we will participate in those as well.___

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2016-11-29 18:46:19 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Fights over how the flag is depicted have been fought at the Supreme Court for more than a century, including the 1989 decision Texas v. Johnson which established that burning the flag was a constitutionally protected act.
One of the justices who supported that 5-4 decision was Antonin Scalia, the jurist whose death earlier this year created the vacancy that it seems Trump will get to fill — with someone, he has said, he hopes will be “in the mold” of Scalia. Scalia also voted to protect flag-burning when Congress passed a national law hoping to avoid the problems of Texas v. Johnson — even though he found the practice to be repugnant.
“If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” he said last year, adding an important disclaimer: “But I am not king.” In an interview with CNN, he explained the distinctionsimply: Flag-bu... more »

Fights over how the flag is depicted have been fought at the Supreme Court for more than a century, including the 1989 decision Texas v. Johnson which established that burning the flag was a constitutionally protected act.
One of the justices who supported that 5-4 decision was Antonin Scalia, the jurist whose death earlier this year created the vacancy that it seems Trump will get to fill — with someone, he has said, he hopes will be “in the mold” of Scalia. Scalia also voted to protect flag-burning when Congress passed a national law hoping to avoid the problems of Texas v. Johnson — even though he found the practice to be repugnant.
“If it were up to me, I would put in jail every sandal-wearing, scruffy-bearded weirdo who burns the American flag,” he said last year, adding an important disclaimer: “But I am not king.” In an interview with CNN, he explained the distinction simply: Flag-burning is a form of expression, and therefore is protected by the First Amendment.
Congress has tried to work around the decision. Shortly afterward, it passed a law banning flag-burning, which was again thrown out (with Scalia's agreement). A decade ago, the Senate narrowly failed to approve a constitutional amendment banning flag-burning, with now-Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) voting in opposition.
“If there is a bedrock principle underlying the First Amendment,” Justice William Brennan wrote in response to the decision to strike down the 1989 federal law, “it is that the Government may not prohibit the expression of an idea simply because society finds the idea itself offensive or disagreeable.”___

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