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BROUGHT TO YOU BY CARL'S JR

I can't not make that joke. It's too obvious.

(I have to laugh or I will cry.)

BROUGHT TO YOU BY CARL'S JR

I can't not make that joke. It's too obvious.

(I have to laugh or I will cry.)___

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VINTAGE EARWORM, GO!

___VINTAGE EARWORM, GO!

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2016-12-08 14:51:15 (10 comments; 6 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

THE BOY GIRL WHO LIVED

I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING.

THE BOY GIRL WHO LIVED

I'M NOT CRYING YOU'RE CRYING.___

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2016-12-08 14:50:35 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

POKEMON GO FRAPPUCCINO

Go forth and coffee??

POKEMON GO FRAPPUCCINO

Go forth and coffee??___

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SPIDERMAN

Full trailer tomorrow :D

SPIDERMAN

Full trailer tomorrow :D___

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2016-12-08 01:58:41 (1 comments; 4 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

REPRESENTATION

I saw this from one of my minions earlier but don't remember which one.

Anyway, all the floaty hearts for Supergirl. I was/am Alex and loved seeing her coming out in the show (bi in my case, though Alex might be full lesbian, I'm unsure at this point... anyway the realization was similar. Some things clicked into place).

You may need tissues for this one :)

An amazing and heartwarming story. These stories reach people who are alone, terrified, and in pain.

#supergirl  
http://www.blastr.com/2016-12-5/representation-matters-how-supergirl-and-one-comic-shop-employee-helped-save-girls-life___REPRESENTATION

I saw this from one of my minions earlier but don't remember which one.

Anyway, all the floaty hearts for Supergirl. I was/am Alex and loved seeing her coming out in the show (bi in my case, though Alex might be full lesbian, I'm unsure at this point... anyway the realization was similar. Some things clicked into place).

You may need tissues for this one :)

2016-12-08 01:26:56 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

It is possible to outline a list of features that are typical of what I would like to call Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism. But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.

1. The first feature of Ur-Fascism is the cult of tradition. Traditionalism is of course much older than fascism. Not only was it typical of counter-revolutionary Catholic thought after the French revolution, but it was born in the late Hellenistic era, as a reaction to classical Greek rationalism. In the Mediterranean basin, people of different religions (most of them indulgently accepted by the Roman Pantheon) started dreaming of a revelation received at the dawn of human history. This revelation, according to the traditionalist mystique,... more »

It is possible to outline a list of features that are typical of what I would like to call Ur-Fascism, or Eternal Fascism. These features cannot be organized into a system; many of them contradict each other, and are also typical of other kinds of despotism or fanaticism. But it is enough that one of them be present to allow fascism to coagulate around it.

1. The first feature of Ur-Fascism is the cult of tradition. Traditionalism is of course much older than fascism. Not only was it typical of counter-revolutionary Catholic thought after the French revolution, but it was born in the late Hellenistic era, as a reaction to classical Greek rationalism. In the Mediterranean basin, people of different religions (most of them indulgently accepted by the Roman Pantheon) started dreaming of a revelation received at the dawn of human history. This revelation, according to the traditionalist mystique, had remained for a long time concealed under the veil of forgotten languages—in Egyptian hieroglyphs, in the Celtic runes, in the scrolls of the little known religions of Asia.

This new culture had to be syncretistic. Syncretism is not only, as the dictionary says, “the combination of different forms of belief or practice”; such a combination must tolerate contradictions. Each of the original messages contains a silver of wisdom, and whenever they seem to say different or incompatible things it is only because all are alluding, allegorically, to the same primeval truth.

As a consequence, there can be no advancement of learning. Truth has been already spelled out once and for all, and we can only keep interpreting its obscure message.

One has only to look at the syllabus of every fascist movement to find the major traditionalist thinkers. The Nazi gnosis was nourished by traditionalist, syncretistic, occult elements. The most influential theoretical source of the theories of the new Italian right, Julius Evola, merged the Holy Grail with The Protocols of the Elders of Zion, alchemy with the Holy Roman and Germanic Empire. The very fact that the Italian right, in order to show its open-mindedness, recently broadened its syllabus to include works by De Maistre, Guenon, and Gramsci, is a blatant proof of syncretism.

If you browse in the shelves that, in American bookstores, are labeled as New Age, you can find there even Saint Augustine who, as far as I know, was not a fascist. But combining Saint Augustine and Stonehenge—that is a symptom of Ur-Fascism.

2. Traditionalism implies the rejection of modernism. Both Fascists and Nazis worshiped technology, while traditionalist thinkers usually reject it as a negation of traditional spiritual values. However, even though Nazism was proud of its industrial achievements, its praise of modernism was only the surface of an ideology based upon Blood and Earth (Blut und Boden). The rejection of the modern world was disguised as a rebuttal of the capitalistic way of life, but it mainly concerned the rejection of the Spirit of 1789 (and of 1776, of course). The Enlightenment, the Age of Reason, is seen as the beginning of modern depravity. In this sense Ur-Fascism can be defined as irrationalism.

3. Irrationalism also depends on the cult of action for action’s sake. Action being beautiful in itself, it must be taken before, or without, any previous reflection. Thinking is a form of emasculation. Therefore culture is suspect insofar as it is identified with critical attitudes. Distrust of the intellectual world has always been a symptom of Ur-Fascism, from Goering’s alleged statement (“When I hear talk of culture I reach for my gun”) to the frequent use of such expressions as “degenerate intellectuals,” “eggheads,” “effete snobs,” “universities are a nest of reds.” The official Fascist intellectuals were mainly engaged in attacking modern culture and the liberal intelligentsia for having betrayed traditional values.

4. No syncretistic faith can withstand analytical criticism. The critical spirit makes distinctions, and to distinguish is a sign of modernism. In modern culture the scientific community praises disagreement as a way to improve knowledge. For Ur-Fascism, disagreement is treason.

5. Besides, disagreement is a sign of diversity. Ur-Fascism grows up and seeks for consensus by exploiting and exacerbating the natural fear of difference. The first appeal of a fascist or prematurely fascist movement is an appeal against the intruders. Thus Ur-Fascism is racist by definition.

6. Ur-Fascism derives from individual or social frustration. That is why one of the most typical features of the historical fascism was the appeal to a frustrated middle class, a class suffering from an economic crisis or feelings of political humiliation, and frightened by the pressure of lower social groups. In our time, when the old “proletarians” are becoming petty bourgeois (and the lumpen are largely excluded from the political scene), the fascism of tomorrow will find its audience in this new majority.

7. To people who feel deprived of a clear social identity, Ur-Fascism says that their only privilege is the most common one, to be born in the same country. This is the origin of nationalism. Besides, the only ones who can provide an identity to the nation are its enemies. Thus at the root of the Ur-Fascist psychology there is the obsession with a plot, possibly an international one. The followers must feel besieged. The easiest way to solve the plot is the appeal to xenophobia. But the plot must also come from the inside: Jews are usually the best target because they have the advantage of being at the same time inside and outside. In the US, a prominent instance of the plot obsession is to be found in Pat Robertson’s The New World Order, but, as we have recently seen, there are many others.

8. The followers must feel humiliated by the ostentatious wealth and force of their enemies. When I was a boy I was taught to think of Englishmen as the five-meal people. They ate more frequently than the poor but sober Italians. Jews are rich and help each other through a secret web of mutual assistance. However, the followers must be convinced that they can overwhelm the enemies. Thus, by a continuous shifting of rhetorical focus, the enemies are at the same time too strong and too weak. Fascist governments are condemned to lose wars because they are constitutionally incapable of objectively evaluating the force of the enemy.

9. For Ur-Fascism there is no struggle for life but, rather, life is lived for struggle. Thus pacifism is trafficking with the enemy. It is bad because life is permanent warfare. This, however, brings about an Armageddon complex. Since enemies have to be defeated, there must be a final battle, after which the movement will have control of the world. But such a “final solution” implies a further era of peace, a Golden Age, which contradicts the principle of permanent war. No fascist leader has ever succeeded in solving this predicament.

10. Elitism is a typical aspect of any reactionary ideology, insofar as it is fundamentally aristocratic, and aristocratic and militaristic elitism cruelly implies contempt for the weak. Ur-Fascism can only advocate a popular elitism. Every citizen belongs to the best people of the world, the members of the party are the best among the citizens, every citizen can (or ought to) become a member of the party. But there cannot be patricians without plebeians. In fact, the Leader, knowing that his power was not delegated to him democratically but was conquered by force, also knows that his force is based upon the weakness of the masses; they are so weak as to need and deserve a ruler. Since the group is hierarchically organized (according to a military model), every subordinate leader despises his own underlings, and each of them despises his inferiors. This reinforces the sense of mass elitism.

11. In such a perspective everybody is educated to become a hero. In every mythology the hero is an exceptional being, but in Ur-Fascist ideology, heroism is the norm. This cult of heroism is strictly linked with the cult of death. It is not by chance that a motto of the Falangists was Viva la Muerte (in English it should be translated as “Long Live Death!”). In non-fascist societies, the lay public is told that death is unpleasant but must be faced with dignity; believers are told that it is the painful way to reach a supernatural happiness. By contrast, the Ur-Fascist hero craves heroic death, advertised as the best reward for a heroic life. The Ur-Fascist hero is impatient to die. In his impatience, he more frequently sends other people to death.

12. Since both permanent war and heroism are difficult games to play, the Ur-Fascist transfers his will to power to sexual matters. This is the origin of machismo (which implies both disdain for women and intolerance and condemnation of nonstandard sexual habits, from chastity to homosexuality). Since even sex is a difficult game to play, the Ur-Fascist hero tends to play with weapons—doing so becomes an ersatz phallic exercise.

13. Ur-Fascism is based upon a selective populism, a qualitative populism, one might say. In a democracy, the citizens have individual rights, but the citizens in their entirety have a political impact only from a quantitative point of view—one follows the decisions of the majority. For Ur-Fascism, however, individuals as individuals have no rights, and the People is conceived as a quality, a monolithic entity expressing the Common Will. Since no large quantity of human beings can have a common will, the Leader pretends to be their interpreter. Having lost their power of delegation, citizens do not act; they are only called on to play the role of the People. Thus the People is only a theatrical fiction. To have a good instance of qualitative populism we no longer need the Piazza Venezia in Rome or the Nuremberg Stadium. There is in our future a TV or Internet populism, in which the emotional response of a selected group of citizens can be presented and accepted as the Voice of the People.

Because of its qualitative populism Ur-Fascism must be against “rotten” parliamentary governments. One of the first sentences uttered by Mussolini in the Italian parliament was “I could have transformed this deaf and gloomy place into a bivouac for my maniples”—“maniples” being a subdivision of the traditional Roman legion. As a matter of fact, he immediately found better housing for his maniples, but a little later he liquidated the parliament. Wherever a politician casts doubt on the legitimacy of a parliament because it no longer represents the Voice of the People, we can smell Ur-Fascism.

14. Ur-Fascism speaks Newspeak. Newspeak was invented by Orwell, in 1984, as the official language of Ingsoc, English Socialism. But elements of Ur-Fascism are common to different forms of dictatorship. All the Nazi or Fascist schoolbooks made use of an impoverished vocabulary, and an elementary syntax, in order to limit the instruments for complex and critical reasoning. But we must be ready to identify other kinds of Newspeak, even if they take the apparently innocent form of a popular talk show.


http://www.nybooks.com/articles/1995/06/22/ur-fascism/___

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2016-12-08 01:11:17 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

CHROMOSOMES

Via +A.V. Flox​

A fascinating look at what might be the development of a new sex gene in this bird paired with a profile of the scientists but includes a tragedy: just months after publishing their last paper together, she passes away from cancer. "Every summer for more than 25 years, Gonser and his wife, Elaina Tuttle, had made the trip to this field station in the Adirondack Mountains — a 45-minute boat ride from the nearest road. Now, as he moored his boat to the shaky wooden dock, he heard a familiar and short song that sounded like 'oh-sweet-Canada'. The whistle was from a white-throated sparrow calling hopefully for a mate.

What he didn't hear was the voice or laughter of his wife. For the first time, Gonser was at Cranberry Lake alone. Just a few weeks earlier, Tuttle had died of breast cancer.

Her entire career, and most of Gonser's, had been devoted to understanding every aspect of the biology of the white-throated sparrow (Zonotrichia albicollis). Less than six months before she died this year at the age of 52, the couple and their team published a paper that was the culmination of that work. It explained how a chance genetic mutation had put the species on an extraordinary evolutionary path.

The mutation had flipped a large section of chromosome 2, leaving it unable to pair up with a partner and exchange genetic information. The more than 1,100 genes in the inversion were inherited together as part of a massive 'supergene' and eventually drove the evolution of two different 'morphs' — subtypes of the bird that are coloured differently, behave differently and mate only with the opposite morph. Tuttle and Gonser's leap was to show that this process is nearly identical to the early evolution of certain sex chromosomes, including the human X and Y. The researchers realized that they were effectively watching the bird evolve two sex chromosomes, on top of the two it already had."___CHROMOSOMES

Via +A.V. Flox​

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2016-12-07 21:45:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

POKEMON GO
v0.49.1 data mining edition

Excellent things ahead. Spoilers in the article, obvs.

POKEMON GO
v0.49.1 data mining edition

Excellent things ahead. Spoilers in the article, obvs.___

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2016-12-07 15:25:46 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

KNITTERS CROCHETERS

A new thing you can make!

(And if not too expensive, maybe I can throw monies at you for making an extra?? RIOS LIVES IN BUNS AND PONYTAILS.)

KNITTERS CROCHETERS

A new thing you can make!

(And if not too expensive, maybe I can throw monies at you for making an extra?? RIOS LIVES IN BUNS AND PONYTAILS.)___

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2016-12-07 14:22:12 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Yoooooooooo

Trainers,

As we race towards 2017, we wanted to take a moment and thank you for your support. We’re excited for December because we have a few new experiences and in-game events planned for you before wrapping up the year. While we cannot share all the details yet, keep an eye out on our social media channels on December 12th for details about the first addition of more Pokémon into Pokémon GO.

In addition, we are thrilled to announce that we are working with Sprint to create a special Pokémon GO experience at over 10,500 Sprint locations around the United States. As part of this collaboration, Sprint, Boost Mobile and Sprint at Radioshack stores will become PokéStops and Gyms, giving you even more places to stock up on Poké Balls and Razz Berries and to battle your friends. Sprint locations will also feature in-store charging stations to keep your Pokémon GO sessions going even longer. Sprint also brings a great network and an unlimited data plan to support your search for Pokémon no matter where they are hiding.

— John Hanke and the Pokémon GO team___Yoooooooooo

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2016-12-07 12:41:32 (1 comments; 8 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

Via +Julia Thompson​

___Via +Julia Thompson​

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2016-12-07 12:40:31 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Trainers,

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.49.1 for Android and 1.19.1 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokémon.

Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.

The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.

The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.

Minor text fixes.


The Pokémon GO team


Trainers,

Pokémon GO is in the process of being updated to version 0.49.1 for Android and 1.19.1 for iOS devices. Below are some release notes and comments from our development team.

Trainers will be able to transfer multiple Pokémon at a time to Professor Willow. To use this function, press and hold on a Pokémon.

Pokémon type icons have been added to the Gym battle approach and Gym battle screen.

The total Candy count for your Buddy Pokémon has been added to the buddy information screen.

The total kilometers a buddy has walked has been added to the information screen of each Pokémon that has ever been your buddy.

Minor text fixes.


The Pokémon GO team
___

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2016-12-06 19:54:43 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

PSA

If you do any type of creative work, please click this link. It will help you. It doesn't matter if you're an artist, a writer, a programmer, or a stay-at-home parent trying to figure out some innovative way to get your kids to eat broccoli, the comics posted on the linked webpage will help you flip your point of view and see things in a new light. It's brilliant, brilliant stuff and deserves to be shared with anyone who struggles with these issues.

Here's the link:

http://tozozozo.tumblr.com/tagged/not%2Fbut___PSA

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2016-12-06 14:52:11 (11 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

MINIONS WITH A UTERUS

In case you're curious, see below!

If you are a person who gets a period, you can probably use a menstrual cup. Unlike products that absorb your flow, you insert a menstrual cup into your vagina to hold all the blood, and empty it a few times a day. Like most things that are period-related, this will all come down to your own personal comfort. Die-hard cup lovers love the eco-friendly and wallet-friendly aspects of the cup. But cups do come with a learning curve, and not everybody wants to go through all that.

The most convincing argument in favor of switching to a menstrual cup is the fact that it’s reusable. That’s a plus for your wallet, and for the environment. The average person who menstruates spends between $40 and $70 a year on pads or tampons, and those pads and tampons often wind up in landfills. (Before you feel any additional and unnecessary period shame, know that in the grand scheme of your personal waste, menstrual products are just a small sliver.) Menstrual cups can be used again and again for years, eliminating that waste and ultimately saving you money.

An additional advantage of the menstrual cup over pads and tampons is that you need to carry only one with you, not a handful. This makes cups popular among backpackers and other travelers who worry about carrying too much weight. Instead of having to keep a handful of pads and tampons around, you need just one cup. Plus, menstrual cups can hold up to an ounce of fluid at a time, which means they can handle far more than even the heaviest-duty tampons.

Lots of menstrual cup advocates also claim that using a cup eliminates the risk of Toxic Shock Syndrome. That is not true, and there was at least one confirmed case of TSS in a woman using a menstrual cup. But it’s nearly impossible to study the true risk of menstrual cups because they are still used by a relatively tiny slice of people and TSS is so rare. “There’s no reason to think that the risk would be lower or higher than with tampons, and unless we get a lot of case reports we’ll never know,” said Dr. Jen Gunter. Think about it this way: Less than one percent of people use a menstrual cup. And the chances of getting TSS is less than one in 100,000. Which means that trying to study TSS in menstrual cup use is incredibly hard because you’re trying to study something that could show up only in a tiny sliver of the population. So if you’re switching to cups purely out of fear of TSS, don’t. That said, just like with a tampon, it’s important not to leave a menstrual cup in for too long. You shouldn’t leave any cup in for more than 12 hours.

The dealbreaker for most people when it comes to menstrual cups is the learning curve. “The first few times you change it you might want to do that where you don’t worry about leaving it like there was a serial killer in there,” said Dr. Gunter. “I’m good at taking things in and out of vaginas, and the first time it was like WHOA!” It takes a while to get used to inserting and removing the cups, and even for pros, using a cup involves handling your menses more than pads or tampons. The cup catches and contains menstrual fluid, so using it means removing the cup and pouring out the fluid, then washing the cup. Some women I talked to said they came to really appreciate and enjoy this part as a way to better understand their own bodies, but that might not be something you’re into. So if the idea of closely interacting with your own menses grosses you out, the menstrual cup isn’t for you.

If you’re comfortable with blood and inserting things into your vagina by hand, and you’re willing to put in some work to get used to using something, and you’d like to save money and reduce your impact on the environment, a menstrual cup is a good choice.

This guide will help you find where to get started based on the layout of your vagina. ___MINIONS WITH A UTERUS

In case you're curious, see below!

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2016-12-05 19:29:09 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

via +Yonatan Zunger 

___via +Yonatan Zunger 

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2016-12-05 12:55:09 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Yay!!!!

Yes, please!

http://io9.gizmodo.com/netflix-confirms-luke-cage-is-coming-back-for-season-2-1789663779___Yay!!!!

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2016-12-05 01:37:24 (2 comments; 3 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

themoreyouknow.gif

___themoreyouknow.gif

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2016-12-04 14:47:28 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

More is More Better... But only if you work up to it incrementally.
#NamasteBitchez
[Do note the article pulls no punches and contains NSFW language, but this is why I love James Fell.]

I am going to post more original content tomorrow, really (honest! Scout's honor!), but this was too good not to share.

Biggest favorite quote/takeaway: Slow progress is still progress.

Secondary juicy morsel from the article:

Know what you get when you try to turn into a workout warrior overnight? A “you-shaped” bag of pain who thinks exercise sucks.

“The biggest mistake people make when starting a fitness program is doing too much and too hard,” sport psychologist Jim Taylor told me. “There are few rewards early in an exercise program and many disincentives: a sense of incompetence, negative social comparison, pain, fatigue, sweat…”
<... more »

More is More Better... But only if you work up to it incrementally.
#NamasteBitchez
[Do note the article pulls no punches and contains NSFW language, but this is why I love James Fell.]

I am going to post more original content tomorrow, really (honest! Scout's honor!), but this was too good not to share.

Biggest favorite quote/takeaway: Slow progress is still progress.

Secondary juicy morsel from the article:

Know what you get when you try to turn into a workout warrior overnight? A “you-shaped” bag of pain who thinks exercise sucks.

“The biggest mistake people make when starting a fitness program is doing too much and too hard,” sport psychologist Jim Taylor told me. “There are few rewards early in an exercise program and many disincentives: a sense of incompetence, negative social comparison, pain, fatigue, sweat …”

So don’t make yourself suffer. You’ll be less likely to feel the love, and it can hurt your ability to lose weight.___

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2016-12-04 00:37:21 (13 comments; 2 reshares; 63 +1s; )Open 

FOOD LOLs

___FOOD LOLs

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2016-12-04 00:22:42 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 

Via +Bliss Morgan​

___Via +Bliss Morgan​

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2016-12-04 00:14:13 (3 comments; 6 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

Took a nap and woke up to find this! Best day ever!

GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY VOL 2

Took a nap and woke up to find this! Best day ever!___

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2016-12-03 19:48:42 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

VARIETY

It's important.

Via +Pentrose Son of John​

This is a good post. I've seen this said about tragedy, and I've seen this said about conflict. They're idealized as crucial building blocks in the storytelling formula, and while they have their place, it's very easy to fall into the trap of adding tragedy for the sake of having tragedy, thinking that these are guaranteed forces to drive your story forward in a compelling way.

This often leads to your "grimdark" stories that many people escape by reading/writing purposefully over-the-top happy things because there's an overwhelming amount of tragedy and hurt and depressing fluff. These are not the only ways you can keep a reader interested. Moderation in all things, and that applies especially here. It's possible to be bland, but equally possible to go too far in the opposite direction.___VARIETY

It's important.

Via +Pentrose Son of John​

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2016-12-03 14:58:05 (3 comments; 7 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

ORNAMENTS

Quick I need to borrow some money.

+Tonia Hall, I think you need these.___ORNAMENTS

Quick I need to borrow some money.

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2016-12-02 16:46:14 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

THE OTHER

This interview perfectly encapsulates my frustration in 1) trying to understand the other side's point of view and 2) trying to get the other side to understand our point of view.

How to you try to address misunderstandings and contradictions when the other person refuses to acknowledge them in the first place?

This is a smart young woman. She's sharp. And I think that's the most frustrating thing of all, when someone that intelligent flat out refuses introspection because it threatens their worldview.

THE OTHER

This interview perfectly encapsulates my frustration in 1) trying to understand the other side's point of view and 2) trying to get the other side to understand our point of view.

How to you try to address misunderstandings and contradictions when the other person refuses to acknowledge them in the first place?

This is a smart young woman. She's sharp. And I think that's the most frustrating thing of all, when someone that intelligent flat out refuses introspection because it threatens their worldview.___

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2016-12-02 02:18:14 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Sorry not sorry for the language, but... What. The fuck.

The objection will put a hold on any recount of votes until the state Board of Canvassers can rule on the objection at a meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday. Once that ruling is made, Chris Thomas, director of the state Department of Elections can't start the recount for two business days, which could mean that recount work scheduled for this weekend will not happen and a recount won't start until next week.

Replaying Bush v Gore is going to be sooo much fun with an Equally Divided Court wandering around and affirming judgments.

LANSING, Mich. — Saying that state should not grant "this lawless, insulting[1] request," the campaign of President-elect Donald Trump filed an objection Thursday to a request to recount nearly 4.8 million votes in Michigan.

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The State Board of Canvassers, which is made up of four appointees — two Republicans and two Democrats — will rule on the objection and if they split 2-2 or reject the objection outright, the recount goes forward. It would stop if the board approved the objection. If it is rejected, the Trump campaign could try to appeal the matter in court.

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[1] You're reading it right: the short-fingered Vulgarian has weaponised his thin skin.___Sorry not sorry for the language, but... What. The fuck.

The objection will put a hold on any recount of votes until the state Board of Canvassers can rule on the objection at a meeting scheduled for 9:30 a.m. Friday. Once that ruling is made, Chris Thomas, director of the state Department of Elections can't start the recount for two business days, which could mean that recount work scheduled for this weekend will not happen and a recount won't start until next week.

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2016-12-01 17:19:03 (4 comments; 6 reshares; 33 +1s; )Open 

Lately, I've heard a lot of people talking about the "fake news" problem and about the need for better fact-checking. I suspect that this entire conversation may be looking at the wrong problem -- a conversation which would make perfect sense in a different time and place, but not here.

During the 2016 election, we heard a lot of brazen, blatant lies. These typically were fact-checked by the media; the result would be stories like "Data: Immigrants don't actually cause hemorrhoids," which nobody who wasn't already perfectly aware of that fact would read. Instead, these would just give more publicity to the original quote, and people who were enthused by it would be just as excited to see it again.

The fact is that fact-checking simply didn't make a difference -- it's not that people thought that these statements were true, but that they... more »

Lately, I've heard a lot of people talking about the "fake news" problem and about the need for better fact-checking. I suspect that this entire conversation may be looking at the wrong problem -- a conversation which would make perfect sense in a different time and place, but not here.

During the 2016 election, we heard a lot of brazen, blatant lies. These typically were fact-checked by the media; the result would be stories like "Data: Immigrants don't actually cause hemorrhoids," which nobody who wasn't already perfectly aware of that fact would read. Instead, these would just give more publicity to the original quote, and people who were enthused by it would be just as excited to see it again.

The fact is that fact-checking simply didn't make a difference -- it's not that people thought that these statements were true, but that they didn't care if they were true. In Gingrich's formulation, they speak to a "deeper truth" which is more important than simple facts.

This is far from an original idea; the discussion below is about Hannah Arendt's discussion of it back in 1951. This "deeper truth" that Gingrich likes to talk about is "what must be true in order for something else to be true" -- in this case, that a sufficiently strong leader could "Make America great again" by sheer force of will, by pushing out all of those dirty immigrants, Muslims, and so on. Or in other cases, that all this talk about people's lives mattering or people having a right to use public restrooms -- talk which suggests that maybe you're going to have to make some real changes for other people's sake -- doesn't really matter, and you're actually OK and can be proud of how your life has been.

That is, the truth of these statements doesn't matter in their own right; it's that these are statements which, if you believe them, let you do something. It's the wish to do something, or to believe that doing those things will make your life better, that's really at issue here.

I think that whenever someone raises the idea of more fact-checking, we should take a serious look at whether that actually addresses the underlying problem at all. My very strong sense is that we've misidentified the question, following the traditional instincts of journalism in a democracy ("and the truth shall make you free") at a time when those instincts are simply dead wrong.

h/t +J Stone for the link.
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2016-12-01 05:48:44 (8 comments; 2 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

#17 the "face slimmer"..... Yes. That's what it is. A face slimmer.

Whoa❗😮___#17 the "face slimmer"..... Yes. That's what it is. A face slimmer.

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2016-11-30 22:45:53 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

SECRET SANTA

I've started registration but haven't put my list(s) on there yet. I thought about doing just the kids, but they are not lacking for presents. (You should see the Black Friday haul we got them this year! And also their existing stash. Clean out for donation is imminent.) I thought about putting my list on there, but that feels selfish. There are actual needy people here that can't afford presents for their own family. Throw kindness at them first, little minions!

Have you signed up yet?

Secret Santa is up and running for another year!
My coder elf has done some serious magic and the new website looks fantastic!

https://gplussanta.com/index.php

If you have problems my elves are:
+Kyla Myers
+Lori Friedrich
+LaDonna Pride
they will do their best to help, and if needed they will escalate the problem to my coder elf.

When you sign in, there is a wonderful new button called "tutorials" go there for step by step instructions. My elves are currently working on putting together an FAQ as well...so be on the look out for that!

Something new this year....when you sign up you will not see your name on the list. We promise it is there for everyone else. Instead you will see a fancy new "registered" button once your registration is complete. Don't forget my elves have to verify your registration, we look to make sure your wishlist link works and there is a shipping address as well. (keep an eye out for an e-mail from an elf, if we find a problem that is how we will contact you)

Remember that you can have more than one Amazon wish list so feel free to make one just for Secret Santa and you can have individual lists for your children and pets, too. Make sure they are public if you want the Elves to be able to see them. While you're at it, be sure your list has an address. You may not realize it but just because you have an address on Amazon, doesn't mean it's attached to your wishlist. Wishlist's can have different addresses. So, if your college age child is not living with you his or her address can be attached to that list.

Our new site has a great search feature. You can look up specific names, specific words like, kids, vets etc. You can also sort by country and add a specified random number of people to your recipient list.

Also new this year.... you can edit the reason Secret Santa is important to you. Go to the "My account" button and when you change the reason, a little update button will appear.

One last thing....When you receive a gift, go to the "My Account" button and there is a counter at the very bottom on the left. Just use that to indicate you have received your gift.

....and don't forget to share a photo of your gift and tag it with #santagift___SECRET SANTA

I've started registration but haven't put my list(s) on there yet. I thought about doing just the kids, but they are not lacking for presents. (You should see the Black Friday haul we got them this year! And also their existing stash. Clean out for donation is imminent.) I thought about putting my list on there, but that feels selfish. There are actual needy people here that can't afford presents for their own family. Throw kindness at them first, little minions!

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2016-11-30 14:55:33 (19 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

Well, then.

Turning Point USA is rounding up all the "leftist" professors. And you can submit a hint to add someone you know to the list. Or you can go there to find out where these professors work. This isn't terrifying. The photos provided don't put a target on these educators backs for the unhinged to take advantage of.

As if 90% of professors aren't already on some government (rather than private) watchlist for our bizarre reading habits.

My suggestion: Let's hint the eff out of them. Bombard. Every left leaning educator/writer/etc. in history. GO team. 

Well, then.

Turning Point USA is rounding up all the "leftist" professors. And you can submit a hint to add someone you know to the list. Or you can go there to find out where these professors work. This isn't terrifying. The photos provided don't put a target on these educators backs for the unhinged to take advantage of.

As if 90% of professors aren't already on some government (rather than private) watchlist for our bizarre reading habits.

My suggestion: Let's hint the eff out of them. Bombard. Every left leaning educator/writer/etc. in history. GO team. ___

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2016-11-30 13:23:57 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-30 12:56:07 (7 comments; 5 reshares; 47 +1s; )Open 

Via +Jürgen Hubert​

Let this soak in: The Internet Archive, a Library of Congress project, is preparing to backup all their works outside the United States because they fear the Trump administration will tamper with their archives.

It's good that they're fighting the right-wing memory hole. But it's also a sign of the times.___Via +Jürgen Hubert​

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2016-11-29 16:30:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

WEIGHTLIFTING GADGETS

I'm not this hardcore yet, but it still looks cool!

WEIGHTLIFTING GADGETS

I'm not this hardcore yet, but it still looks cool!___

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2016-11-29 12:36:05 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 50 +1s; )Open 

MUST MAKE!!!!

MUST MAKE!!!!___

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2016-11-29 03:07:15 (24 comments; 2 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

MIDWESTERN RIOS

I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE THIS WAS A THING UNTIL SOMEONE POINTED IT OUT. I do this all the time.

#founditontumblr


MIDWESTERN RIOS

I DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE THIS WAS A THING UNTIL SOMEONE POINTED IT OUT. I do this all the time.

#founditontumblr
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2016-11-29 01:40:49 (3 comments; 3 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

OK, now that's responsible shit. I like it.

“Alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the “self-described” or “so-called alt-right” in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

h/t +Tony Sidaway

OK, now that's responsible shit. I like it.

“Alt-right” (quotation marks, hyphen and lower case) may be used in quotes or modified as in the “self-described” or “so-called alt-right” in stories discussing what the movement says about itself.

Avoid using the term generically and without definition, however, because it is not well known and the term may exist primarily as a public-relations device to make its supporters’ actual beliefs less clear and more acceptable to a broader audience. In the past we have called such beliefs racist, neo-Nazi or white supremacist.

h/t +Tony Sidaway___

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2016-11-29 00:20:30 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

Best one I've read yet.

We can use guidelines like this to measure objectivity in the sources we read. ___Best one I've read yet.

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2016-11-28 23:35:07 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-26 17:19:03 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Not brand new, but it is about foxes, and something I've been following news about for a long time.  And it's interesting and not politics.  LOL.

Not brand new, but it is about foxes, and something I've been following news about for a long time.  And it's interesting and not politics.  LOL.___

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2016-11-26 15:06:24 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Does Decision-Making Matter?

"While most economics models assumed people were basically rational, Kahneman and Tversky demonstrated that human decision-making is biased in systematic, predictable ways. Many of the biases they described have now become famous — loss aversion, endowment effect, hindsight bias, the anchoring effect, and were described in Kahneman’s brilliant book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” They are true giants who have revolutionized how we think about decision-making. Lewis makes academic life seem gripping, which believe it or not, is not easy to do.

My big question is: How is the world they describe reflected in their own lives? Kahneman and Tversky write about the kind of decisions that you might call casino decisions — in which people confront various probabilities and try to calculate which course will be best.

But over the courseof their ... more »

Does Decision-Making Matter?

"While most economics models assumed people were basically rational, Kahneman and Tversky demonstrated that human decision-making is biased in systematic, predictable ways. Many of the biases they described have now become famous — loss aversion, endowment effect, hindsight bias, the anchoring effect, and were described in Kahneman’s brilliant book, “Thinking, Fast and Slow.” They are true giants who have revolutionized how we think about decision-making. Lewis makes academic life seem gripping, which believe it or not, is not easy to do.

My big question is: How is the world they describe reflected in their own lives? Kahneman and Tversky write about the kind of decisions that you might call casino decisions — in which people confront various probabilities and try to calculate which course will be best.

But over the course of their lives Kahneman and Tversky don’t seem to have actually made many big decisions. The major trajectories of their lives were determined by historical events, random coincidences, their own psychological needs and irresistible impulsions. In the course of the book there’s only one big formal decision point — when Tversky decides to move to the U.S.

Their lives weren’t so much shaped by decisions as by rapture. They were held rapt by each other’s minds. They were fervently engaged by the puzzles before them. They succeeded not because they were master decision-makers but because of their capacity for zealous engagement. They followed their interests step by step.

And this is my problem with the cognitive sciences and the advice world generally. It’s built on the premise that we are chess masters who make decisions, for good or ill. But when it comes to the really major things we mostly follow our noses. What seems interesting, beautiful, curious and addicting?

Have you ever known anybody to turn away from anything they found compulsively engaging?

We don’t decide about life; we’re captured by life. In the major spheres, decision-making, when it happens at all, is downstream from curiosity and engagement. If we really want to understand and shape behavior, maybe we should look less at decision-making and more at curiosity. Why are you interested in the things you are interested in? Why are some people zealously seized, manically attentive and compulsively engaged?

Now that we know a bit more about decision-making, maybe the next frontier is desire. Maybe the next Kahneman and Tversky will help us understand what explains, fires and orders our loves."

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/25/opinion/does-decision-making-matter.html___

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2016-11-26 14:56:00 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?

interesting read

What if jobs are not the solution but the problem?

interesting read___

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2016-11-26 04:44:47 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

https://holidayhole.com/

They've already gotten over $43,000. It's funny. And it's also not funny.

If I had 43K, I'd be out of student debt and not worrying about how to make Christmas happen for the kids.

And people are throwing it into a hole in the ground.

It's funny, but I'm not laughing.

https://holidayhole.com/

They've already gotten over $43,000. It's funny. And it's also not funny.

If I had 43K, I'd be out of student debt and not worrying about how to make Christmas happen for the kids.

And people are throwing it into a hole in the ground.

It's funny, but I'm not laughing.___

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2016-11-24 13:42:27 (5 comments; 4 reshares; 42 +1s; )Open 

This.
Blistering. He holds back nothing.

No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along

The whole thing here (but click so they get the credit):

Donald Trump schlepped across town on Tuesday to meet with the publisher of The New York Times and some editors, columnists and reporters at the paper.

As The Times reported, Trump actually seemed to soften some of his positions:

He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But he should never have said that he was going to do that in the first place.

He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t encourage the military to use torture. But he should never have said that he would do that in the first place.

He said that he would have an “open mind” on climate change. But that should always have been his position.

You don’t get a pat on the backfor ratchet... more »

This.
Blistering. He holds back nothing.

No, Trump, We Can’t Just Get Along

The whole thing here (but click so they get the credit):

Donald Trump schlepped across town on Tuesday to meet with the publisher of The New York Times and some editors, columnists and reporters at the paper.

As The Times reported, Trump actually seemed to soften some of his positions:

He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t seek to prosecute Hillary Clinton. But he should never have said that he was going to do that in the first place.

He seemed to indicate that he wouldn’t encourage the military to use torture. But he should never have said that he would do that in the first place.

He said that he would have an “open mind” on climate change. But that should always have been his position.

You don’t get a pat on the back for ratcheting down from rabid after exploiting that very radicalism to your advantage. Unrepentant opportunism belies a staggering lack of character and caring that can’t simply be vanquished from memory. You did real harm to this country and many of its citizens, and I will never — never — forget that.

As I read the transcript and then listened to the audio, the slime factor was overwhelming.

After a campaign of bashing The Times relentlessly, in the face of the actual journalists, he tempered his whining with flattery.

At one point he said:

“I just appreciate the meeting and I have great respect for The New York Times. Tremendous respect. It’s very special. Always has been very special.”

He ended the meeting by saying:

“I will say, The Times is, it’s a great, great American jewel. A world jewel. And I hope we can all get along well.”

I will say proudly and happily that I was not present at this meeting. The very idea of sitting across the table from a demagogue who preyed on racial, ethnic and religious hostilities and treating him with decorum and social grace fills me with disgust, to the point of overflowing. Let me tell you here where I stand on your “I hope we can all get along” plea: Never.

You are an aberration and abomination who is willing to do and say anything — no matter whom it aligns you with and whom it hurts — to satisfy your ambitions.

I don’t believe you care much at all about this country or your party or the American people. I believe that the only thing you care about is self-aggrandizement and self-enrichment. Your strongest allegiance is to your own cupidity.

I also believe that much of your campaign was an act of psychological projection, as we are now learning that many of the things you slammed Clinton for are things of which you may actually be guilty.

You slammed Clinton for destroying emails, then Newsweek reported last month that your companies “destroyed emails in defiance of court orders.” You slammed Clinton and the Clinton Foundation for paid speeches and conflicts of interest, then it turned out that, as BuzzFeed reported, the Trump Foundation received a $150,000 donation in exchange for your giving a 2015 speech made by video to a conference in Ukraine. You slammed Clinton about conflicts of interest while she was secretary of state, and now your possible conflicts of interest are popping up like mushrooms in a marsh.

You are a fraud and a charlatan. Yes, you will be president, but you will not get any breaks just because one branch of your forked tongue is silver.

I am not easily duped by dopes.

I have not only an ethical and professional duty to call out how obscene your very existence is at the top of American government; I have a moral obligation to do so.

I’m not trying to convince anyone of anything, but rather to speak up for truth and honor and inclusion. This isn’t just about you, but also about the moral compass of those who see you for who and what you are, and know the darkness you herald is only held at bay by the lights of truth.

It’s not that I don’t believe that people can change and grow. They can. But real growth comes from the accepting of responsibility and repenting of culpability. Expedient reversal isn’t growth; it’s gross.

So let me say this on Thanksgiving: I’m thankful to have this platform because as long as there are ink and pixels, you will be the focus of my withering gaze.

I’m thankful that I have the endurance and can assume a posture that will never allow what you represent to ever be seen as everyday and ordinary.

No, Mr. Trump, we will not all just get along. For as long as a threat to the state is the head of state, all citizens of good faith and national fidelity — and certainly this columnist — have an absolute obligation to meet you and your agenda with resistance at every turn.

I know this in my bones, and for that I am thankful.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/23/opinion/no-trump-we-cant-just-get-along.html___

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2016-11-24 02:38:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Our uncles, who all work at Niantic, tell us there's even a special way to catch one.

Our uncles, who all work at Niantic, tell us there's even a special way to catch one.___

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2016-11-23 20:31:22 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

VOTING MACHINES

Pulling this out of a reference from the previous post, because this is important.

VOTING MACHINES

Pulling this out of a reference from the previous post, because this is important.___

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2016-11-23 20:25:40 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

Additional information from +Yonatan Zunger on this issue, with a link to the article written by one of the computer scientists with compelling evidence: https://medium.com/@jhalderm/want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba#.18rcrdc0s

A new serious issue has come up in the past few days. A group of computer scientists have been looking at election results, and there are some fairly worrying signals that electronic voting machines may have been compromised in key states, altering vote totals enough to swing the entire election.

The evidence comes from comparing results from neighboring counties which use electronic vote machines, versus ones which use paper ballots. What they found was that in Wisconsin, Michigan, and Pennsylvania, Clinton received 7% fewer votes in electronic voting counties than in paper voting ones. It's possible that this is genuine, of course, but it's a pretty sharp and striking pattern – and it's the exact pattern you would expect if a foreign power were deliberately compromising swing states.

That's the sort of thing which would sound like a paranoid fantasy most years, but given that the NSA (and quite a few other agencies) have been quite explicit that Russia has been doing exactly this sort of thing, e.g. compromising DNC computers to get damaging information which they could leak to the press, it's not so crazy that it shouldn't be checked, and now, before the election results are finalized.

(More details about exactly what may have happened are given in this post by Prof. J. Alex Halderman, one of the researchers who spotted the irregularity: https://medium.com/@jhalderm/want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba#.rx12oef2c)

In Michigan, Wisconsin, and parts of Pennsylvania, we're in luck: the electronic ballot machines also produce paper printouts, and checking this is simply a matter of comparing the two results. (Oddly enough, checking this sort of thing isn't standard practice) In the rest of Pennsylvania, there is no paper trail, so what would be required is a thorough forensic investigation of the voting computers – something not simple to do, since malware created by state actors is generally fairly good at cleaning up after itself.

Given the tremendous significance of this election to the world, I think it's urgent and imperative that we do verify the ballots. An election is only free and fair if the public believes it to be so; we've already seen how much harm a trail of suspicion of fraud or cheating can do.___Additional information from +Yonatan Zunger on this issue, with a link to the article written by one of the computer scientists with compelling evidence: https://medium.com/@jhalderm/want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba#.18rcrdc0s

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2016-11-23 19:54:18 (13 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

+Dave Hill​ voices some of my concerns. I do not see either choice ending well, and for different reasons. (Choices being "leave it alone" or "contest the shit out of it.")

Questioning the Election

Trump's accusations, through much of the presidential campaign, that the process was rigged raised a huge amount of protest, from both sides of the partisan aisle. Not only were the accusations baseless (i.e., there was no concrete reason to believe it true, and Trump offered none), but the very questioning of the results of a popular election carries with it the potential for tremendous harm to the workings of government and society.

Our government -- the legal structure of our society -- depends on a degree of mutual trust and belief in the system and the presumption that it is tolerably honest. If enough people mistrust the foundation of the legal system of governance, then the the results can be catastrophic.

The problem is, that's a two-edged sword. If baseless accusations as to the legitimacy of the election process are dangerous, ignoring accusations that seem to have some foundation are themselves dangerous as well. And given the highly partisan nature of our modern society, the distinction between the two is harder and harder to navigate without some harm being done.

The 2000 Bush/Gore election result strained the fabric of US society, but even where people thought the SCOTUS decision was arbitrary and partisan, its right to make that decision was generally accepted.

There are in any presidential election questions of legitimacy, of voter fraud, of voter suppression, etc. This year, with the unprecedented level of computer hacking against parties and entities related to the election -- hacking attributed, at least in part, to Russian sources -- the potential for problematic results is even more fraught.

The linked article goes over some of the reasons why some of the closest swing states show signs of vote tampering and, based on that, should be recounted and the balloting reexamined.

(One of the experts cited, J. Alex Halderman, has a further article on the subject here: https://medium.com/@jhalderm/want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba#.gw7kti7bz)

Challenging those results would be a hugely fraught thing. There is no way this could end well -- regardless of how it turns out. If Clinton does not ask to have this done, a substantial number of people will seriously question the very legitimacy of everything that happens in this country for the next four years (and beyond), and may be less likely to even try voting next time around. If she does ask to have it done, not only is it ghastly expensive, but a negative result will not assuage those followers, and a positive result would lead to massive unrest from those who feel that an election is being stolen (esp. since the current federal administration would be seen as abetting such a fraud).

But if it isn't done, and the vote was in fact tampered with, not only does that increase the chance of future shenanigans (foreign and domestic), but the potential disasters from a Trump Administration would not be averted. Yes, that's a partisan perspective, but it's very hard to set that aside at the moment.

If Clinton does this, even if she "succeeds," her administration would be crippled from the process, her reputation will be forever tarnished, and her opponent will go down as a martyr to "Crooked Hillary". If she doesn't do this, then it potentially allows greater harm, and legitimizes an administration that perhaps should not be there.

If it's done, then it sets a precedent for future elections to be further contested, adding further uncertainty and insecurity to our system. If it's not done, it sets a precedent against contesting even suspicious elections, adding further uncertainty and insecurity to our system.

And just to give you two examples of how double- and triple-think about this whole thing can work, consider these two hypotheses:

1. The entire "hacking" thing has been overblown or the accusations of Russian intervention made up by the Obama Administration in order to lay the groundwork for flipping the election results, if needed, to Clinton.

2. Trump's baseless and roundly-condemned accusations of the elections being rigged were not just projection (i.e., the GOP or others were in fact rigging the system in Trump's favor), but were meant to desensitize the public and delegitimize any later claim from the Clinton camp that the elections had been rigged.

I don't think either of those is true, but I can't say that for certain. And there's the problem.

Ugh.

Bottom line, as much as I am personally against rocking the boat and creating waves when it can be avoided, I also have to believe in the truth. You know, that thing that will set you free. Knowing the truth is almost always better (even when deeply uncomfortable) than not.

Based on the indications of shenanigans, I think Clinton should challenge the results in those states. I will understand if she doesn't, but I think she should.___+Dave Hill​ voices some of my concerns. I do not see either choice ending well, and for different reasons. (Choices being "leave it alone" or "contest the shit out of it.")

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2016-11-23 19:45:23 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Yogic breathing helps fight major depression, study shows

A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study. In a randomized, controlled pilot study, led by Anup Sharma, MD, PhD, a Neuropsychiatry research fellow in the department of Psychiatry at Penn, researchers found significant improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety in medicated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique compared to medicated patients who did not partake. After two months, the yoga group cut its mean Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) score by several points, while the control group showed no improvements. HDRS is the most widely used clinician-administered depression assessment that scores mood, interest in activities,... more »

Yogic breathing helps fight major depression, study shows

A breathing-based meditation practice known as Sudarshan Kriya yoga helped alleviate severe depression in people who did not fully respond to antidepressant treatments, reports a new study. In a randomized, controlled pilot study, led by Anup Sharma, MD, PhD, a Neuropsychiatry research fellow in the department of Psychiatry at Penn, researchers found significant improvement in symptoms of depression and anxiety in medicated patients with major depressive disorder (MDD) who participated in the breathing technique compared to medicated patients who did not partake. After two months, the yoga group cut its mean Hamilton Depression Rating Scale (HDRS) score by several points, while the control group showed no improvements. HDRS is the most widely used clinician-administered depression assessment that scores mood, interest in activities, energy, suicidal thoughts, and feelings of guilt, among other symptoms.___

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