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Kee Hinckley

Kee Hinckley 

Fascinated by the boundaries of technology and social behavior.

Occupation: I create things using code, words, and ideas.

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2017-06-27 03:12:53 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 


When Trump Voters Say They “Suffered For 8 Years Under Obama,” Here’s The Perfect Response

BY NATALIE DICKINSON 

PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017

One of many, many infuriating parts of having Trump as the President is the insufferable smugness of conservatives. When they’re not telling you to “suck it up, snowflake” or trying to sell you fake news, they’re gloating: “We suffered for eight years under that tyrant Obummer. Now it’s your turn.”

One man, Scott Mednick had enough with his Republican acquaintances and penned this powerful response:

“I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That, of course, is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue the ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down towhat is uniting, not dividing... more »

Most reshares: 4

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2017-06-26 04:57:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Side effects are not always those expected.

Most plusones: 46

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2017-06-26 04:57:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Side effects are not always those expected.

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2017-06-29 05:01:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

The history of sign language and deaf people. Worth reading.

The history of sign language and deaf people. Worth reading.___

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2017-06-29 03:52:19 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Within as little as 3-5 years, it might be possible to generate a plausibly realistic video of a completely fabricated event. What happens when fake news isn't just words, but video "proof"?

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21724370-fake-news-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet-generating-convincing-audio-and-video-fake

Within as little as 3-5 years, it might be possible to generate a plausibly realistic video of a completely fabricated event. What happens when fake news isn't just words, but video "proof"?

http://www.economist.com/news/science-and-technology/21724370-fake-news-you-aint-seen-nothing-yet-generating-convincing-audio-and-video-fake___

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2017-06-29 01:03:54 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

she said she was surprised to hear that Mr. McConnell, whom she had voted for previously, was leading the charge to roll it back

Do people pay no attention at all to the positions of the party they vote for?

she said she was surprised to hear that Mr. McConnell, whom she had voted for previously, was leading the charge to roll it back

Do people pay no attention at all to the positions of the party they vote for?___

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2017-06-28 22:56:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A roll in the hay. Or vice versa.

I want a really big hay bale to lay on. I promise I'll be more careful than this dog.___A roll in the hay. Or vice versa.

2017-06-28 22:42:52 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

🐶🐶🐶🐕🐶🐶🐶 tomorrow afternoon. 🐕 for two weeks, 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 for four. Brace yourselves!

🐶🐶🐶🐕🐶🐶🐶 tomorrow afternoon. 🐕 for two weeks, 🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶🐶 for four. Brace yourselves!___

2017-06-28 22:39:47 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Bad news decision from Canadian Supreme Court on globally erasing search results.

What a complete batch of power-grabbing idiots on the Canadian Supreme Court. My God, they demand the right to impose GLOBAL censorship? What total asses. Beyond stupid. More dangerous than President Chump when it comes to speech rights. Because the EU wants to do the same thing with their nightmare "Right To Be Forgotten." And China too. And Russia. And France. And more. And there are vile, sick politicians here in the USA who would do this same thing if they could figure out how to get it past the First Amendment. It's a race to the lowest common denominator censorship bottom. My view is that Google should consider cutting off all services to countries that make such demands. Period. Otherwise, one day Google Search results pages will be nothing but a big white empty space.___Bad news decision from Canadian Supreme Court on globally erasing search results.

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2017-06-28 19:04:56 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

A leading Silicon Valley engineer explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education. "The most important education we can receive 'isn’t really about the capacity to think, but rather about the choice of what to think about.'" https://qz.com/1016900/tracy-chou-leading-silicon-valley-engineer-explains-why-every-tech-worker-needs-a-humanities-education/ 

A leading Silicon Valley engineer explains why every tech worker needs a humanities education. "The most important education we can receive 'isn’t really about the capacity to think, but rather about the choice of what to think about.'" https://qz.com/1016900/tracy-chou-leading-silicon-valley-engineer-explains-why-every-tech-worker-needs-a-humanities-education/ ___

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2017-06-28 17:55:50 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Your morning otter (she was out all day and night yesterday)

Your morning otter (she was out all day and night yesterday)___

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2017-06-28 15:33:19 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Vessels of War". At extreme range I'm afraid.

Today's #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills is "Vessels of War". At extreme range I'm afraid.___

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2017-06-28 13:45:54 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Shava on a podcast on politics and organizing.

I return to Scott Gosnell's podcast to talk politics and organizing

Some time back Scott had me on his podcast to talk about founding Tor, and decided he wanted me back someday to talk about civic engagement and politics. That day has come! :)

(omg, I hate my ums and various thick tongue aphasia artifacts since the stroke...I miss my radio voice!)

https://bottlerocketscience.blogspot.com/2017/06/ep-033-shava-nerad-returns-to-talk.html___Shava on a podcast on politics and organizing.

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2017-06-28 06:47:40 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

DNA Solves 200-Year-Old Mystery of Weird Ice Age Creature
https://www.livescience.com/59627-macrauchenia-strangest-animals-tree-of-life.html


DNA Solves 200-Year-Old Mystery of Weird Ice Age Creature
https://www.livescience.com/59627-macrauchenia-strangest-animals-tree-of-life.html
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2017-06-28 04:30:11 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Saw a seal this afternoon. Or perhaps the Loch Ness monster. I need a better camera.

Saw a seal this afternoon. Or perhaps the Loch Ness monster. I need a better camera.___

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2017-06-28 00:59:15 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

"Why should I worry? I have health insurance through my employer!"

It seems a lot of folk are blase about the risks of the Senate's AHCA because, hey, the only folk being hurt are those freeloaders on Medicaid, amirite?

Except the CBO also noted that 4 million additional Americans would lose health coverage from their employers, too, since the ACA mandate around employers offering insurance would go away, too. Which will put those 4 million Americans out on the streets looking for individual "exchange" insurance policies -- which are predicted to be more expensive and cover less than under the ACA.

And none of this goes into the vagaries of what happens if you lose your job (because that never happens) and run out of (very expensive) COBRA coverage and can't afford to buy an individual policy. Let that magic clock pass, and suddenly you... more »

"Why should I worry? I have health insurance through my employer!"

It seems a lot of folk are blase about the risks of the Senate's AHCA because, hey, the only folk being hurt are those freeloaders on Medicaid, amirite?

Except the CBO also noted that 4 million additional Americans would lose health coverage from their employers, too, since the ACA mandate around employers offering insurance would go away, too. Which will put those 4 million Americans out on the streets looking for individual "exchange" insurance policies -- which are predicted to be more expensive and cover less than under the ACA.

And none of this goes into the vagaries of what happens if you lose your job (because that never happens) and run out of (very expensive) COBRA coverage and can't afford to buy an individual policy. Let that magic clock pass, and suddenly you can't get insurance again for 6 months, no matter what the need.

This is a case where the US Senate version is demonstrably worse than the House version. But both are pretty much mounds of awful when it comes to Americans having affordable health care.___

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2017-06-28 00:57:36 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-28 00:53:09 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

What the Hell? Are Trump supporters making threatening robocalls?
My daughter just received a recorded robocall message from a "Citizens for Trump" group saying that they had been "monitoring her social media accounts" and noticed that she had been saying bad things about Trump. The robocall warned her that she should "layoff" Trump in the future.

The phone number used was: 9174732825

Has anyone else heard about calls like this?



What the Hell? Are Trump supporters making threatening robocalls?
My daughter just received a recorded robocall message from a "Citizens for Trump" group saying that they had been "monitoring her social media accounts" and noticed that she had been saying bad things about Trump. The robocall warned her that she should "layoff" Trump in the future.

The phone number used was: 9174732825

Has anyone else heard about calls like this?

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2017-06-27 20:43:18 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

It's possible that a state could successfully pass and run single-payer health-care. For two reasons, California is not that state.

First, as you've probably heard, the single-payer bill anticipated passing its funding separately from its spending. This seems like an odd requirement until you realize that a series of voter initiatives have seriously constrained the budget process. Under Propositions 13 and 26, new taxation may only pass with a 2/3 supermajority in both houses of the legislature -- meaning that in order to fund single-payer, Democrats would require votes deep into California's right-wing Republican caucus. Second, under Proposition 98, all funding must first contribute to education before contributing to any other state priority. And while the amount of additional funding necessary is not utterly extortionate -- about a 2.2% increase in both property and sales taxes... more »

It's possible that a state could successfully pass and run single-payer health-care. For two reasons, California is not that state.

First, as you've probably heard, the single-payer bill anticipated passing its funding separately from its spending. This seems like an odd requirement until you realize that a series of voter initiatives have seriously constrained the budget process. Under Propositions 13 and 26, new taxation may only pass with a 2/3 supermajority in both houses of the legislature -- meaning that in order to fund single-payer, Democrats would require votes deep into California's right-wing Republican caucus. Second, under Proposition 98, all funding must first contribute to education before contributing to any other state priority. And while the amount of additional funding necessary is not utterly extortionate -- about a 2.2% increase in both property and sales taxes -- the Prop 98 diversion requirement would require raising the sales and property taxes by about 4% each in order to fund the bill.

The key challenge for the spending bill was "pass single-payer," which is an objective the legislature might reasonably accomplish. The tax bill is, however, a much heavier lift: though the actual funding only requires a moderate increase in taxation, a combination of Propositions 13 and 98 would require a 2/3 supermajority in favor of an extraordinarily large tax increase which would mostly go to funding education, not health care.

But even if this were resolved, California would plunge headfirst into the problem which has killed single-payer in Colorado and Vermont: budgetary instability in a fiscal union without monetary control requires third-party bailouts during recessions. This is why most states have balanced-budget requirements like California's Prop 58 balanced-budget proposition: the federal government can use the Federal Reserve to inflate away ruinous deficits. State governments cannot. This means that if faced with a deep recession, the California government's only option would be to raise taxes and cut services, prolonging the pain and counteracting any federal action taken to stem the tide of economic failure. This is especially dangerous for California, which is a large enough portion of the economy that sharp cuts to its budget could entirely counteract Keynesian measures taken to repair the economy as a whole.

In order for the state to act not just as an insurer-of-last-resort but an insurer-of-only-resort, it would require federal backing which the current feds would be utterly unwilling to provide. Even presuming that California wasn't just plunging ever-deeper into a failed experiment in direct democracy, there's a lot of infrastructural work which would need to be done to get single-payer into place.

Grab a shovel. It's going to be a long haul.___

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2017-06-27 20:39:20 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A Path Less Taken to the Peak of the Math World. June Huh thought he had no talent for math until a chance meeting with a legendary mind. A decade later, his unorthodox approach to mathematical thinking has led to major breakthroughs. https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-path-less-taken-to-the-peak-of-the-math-world-20170627/ 

A Path Less Taken to the Peak of the Math World. June Huh thought he had no talent for math until a chance meeting with a legendary mind. A decade later, his unorthodox approach to mathematical thinking has led to major breakthroughs. https://www.quantamagazine.org/a-path-less-taken-to-the-peak-of-the-math-world-20170627/ ___

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2017-06-27 19:11:17 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-27 17:12:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-27 17:05:09 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Morning bike ride. First I saw a mouse cross the road. Then a rabbit. Then a deer. No elephants though.

Morning bike ride. First I saw a mouse cross the road. Then a rabbit. Then a deer. No elephants though.___

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2017-06-27 16:29:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Walker Hayes—Your Girlfriend Does. Urban HipHop Folk? Fun tunes though.

h/t Lance

Walker Hayes—Your Girlfriend Does. Urban HipHop Folk? Fun tunes though.

h/t Lance___

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2017-06-27 14:35:45 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

McLuhan…predicted that the media would hurtle humanity back to tribalism. Since we can’t absorb every data point or know so many people well, he explained, we rely on stereotypes. “When you give people too much information, they resort to pattern recognition,” McLuhan said.

McLuhan…predicted that the media would hurtle humanity back to tribalism. Since we can’t absorb every data point or know so many people well, he explained, we rely on stereotypes. “When you give people too much information, they resort to pattern recognition,” McLuhan said.___

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2017-06-27 14:31:26 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-27 14:25:16 (9 comments; 3 reshares; 38 +1s; )Open 

Google Gets Record $2.7 Billion EU Fine for Skewing Searches

It seems to me that the likely result is that all price comparison links will end up buried on page 3. but the question of whether Google is allowed to promote their own services is interesting. I don't know the details, but are they not allowed even if the business unit pays the going rate and gets the same ad layout (which is not, of course, what they were doing in this case).

Google Gets Record $2.7 Billion EU Fine for Skewing Searches

It seems to me that the likely result is that all price comparison links will end up buried on page 3. but the question of whether Google is allowed to promote their own services is interesting. I don't know the details, but are they not allowed even if the business unit pays the going rate and gets the same ad layout (which is not, of course, what they were doing in this case).___

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2017-06-27 14:04:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Animals that are mostly White". My mother with "Fats".

I know I've shared this before in another collection when I was on an old photo binge.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Animals that are mostly White". My mother with "Fats".

I know I've shared this before in another collection when I was on an old photo binge.___

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2017-06-27 07:15:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

World Championship Lattes in Thailand.

"Chiang Mai is saturated with coffee shops leaking out creamy iced lattes. You can't walk a block around the Nimmanhaemin Road area, a hip neighborhood packed with both Thai and expat residents, without bumping into a coffee-serving establishment."

World Championship Lattes in Thailand.

"Chiang Mai is saturated with coffee shops leaking out creamy iced lattes. You can't walk a block around the Nimmanhaemin Road area, a hip neighborhood packed with both Thai and expat residents, without bumping into a coffee-serving establishment."___

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2017-06-27 07:02:51 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

In Unilever’s Radical Hiring Experiment, Resumes Are Out, Algorithms Are In - The Wall Street Journal



In Unilever’s Radical Hiring Experiment, Resumes Are Out, Algorithms Are In - The Wall Street Journal

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2017-06-27 06:43:01 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Humble Pie: Black Coffee live

That's my name.___Humble Pie: Black Coffee live

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2017-06-27 06:15:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

Detroit judge halts deportations of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals nationwide

Detroit judge halts deportations of more than 1,400 Iraqi nationals nationwide___

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2017-06-27 06:14:28 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Zillow Sends Totally Bullshit Legal Threat To McMansion Hell

[T]he latest company to dive headfirst into this unfortunate pool of shame is Zillow, which is threatening to sue the person behind McMansionHell.com based on a number of different awful interpretations of the law that can be summed up as: "hey, you can't use our images to make fun of homes."

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170626/14563337675/zillow-sends-totally-bullshit-legal-threat-to-mcmansionhell.shtml

Zillow Sends Totally Bullshit Legal Threat To McMansion Hell

[T]he latest company to dive headfirst into this unfortunate pool of shame is Zillow, which is threatening to sue the person behind McMansionHell.com based on a number of different awful interpretations of the law that can be summed up as: "hey, you can't use our images to make fun of homes."

https://www.techdirt.com/articles/20170626/14563337675/zillow-sends-totally-bullshit-legal-threat-to-mcmansionhell.shtml___

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2017-06-27 06:10:16 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"In the year 2100, 2 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population -- could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to new research".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)

"In the year 2100, 2 billion people -- about one-fifth of the world's population -- could become climate change refugees due to rising ocean levels. Those who once lived on coastlines will face displacement and resettlement bottlenecks as they seek habitable places inland, according to new research".

(Posted by +rasha kamel​)___

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2017-06-27 06:07:51 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

If you feel like you’re doing everything right and still can’t lose weight, this could be why http://mosaicscience.com/story/why-calorie-broken 

If you feel like you’re doing everything right and still can’t lose weight, this could be why http://mosaicscience.com/story/why-calorie-broken ___

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2017-06-27 05:48:58 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Celebrating a Free Internet

Twenty years ago today, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act (CDA) could not ban vaguely defined "indecent" material from the Internet just because a minor might potentially access it. In the words of the unanimous court (with John Paul Stevens writing):

❝ The record demonstrates that the growth of the Internet has been and continues to be phenomenal. As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that government regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. ❞

Some interesting history covered in the article, including the dummy ACLU website the organization created to demonstrate it had standing to sue.

Celebrating a Free Internet

Twenty years ago today, the US Supreme Court ruled that the Communications Decency Act (CDA) could not ban vaguely defined "indecent" material from the Internet just because a minor might potentially access it. In the words of the unanimous court (with John Paul Stevens writing):

❝ The record demonstrates that the growth of the Internet has been and continues to be phenomenal. As a matter of constitutional tradition, in the absence of evidence to the contrary, we presume that government regulation of the content of speech is more likely to interfere with the free exchange of ideas than to encourage it. ❞

Some interesting history covered in the article, including the dummy ACLU website the organization created to demonstrate it had standing to sue.___

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2017-06-27 05:47:40 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Well the good news is there are two countries that think more highly of Trump than Obama. Neither of them are the U.S., but...

Whoa.

<https://twitter.com/nickgourevitch/status/879498202969493505>___Well the good news is there are two countries that think more highly of Trump than Obama. Neither of them are the U.S., but...

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2017-06-27 05:24:39 (11 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

So I'm looking for a desktop mug warmer to replace my cracked one. While I'm at it, I want one a tad bigger so it actually fits my mugs. I pore over all the Amazon reviews. A lot of them people say don't keep things warm enough (those all seem to be 16W). Most all of them are too small for my mugs. Plus a lot of them come with the switch on the cord, and the last thing I need is more cords on my desk. I'm about ready to give up, when I see someone answering a question about one of the mugs and they say "Don't get this one, get the Disney one."

The Disney one?
The one that comes with the Mickey or Minnie Mouse mug?
The one I completely ignored?

So I read the reviews. There's even a customer video review.
Larger base? Check.
Keeps it hot? Check, twice the wattage.
Switch on base? Check.
Plus, it comes with a mug and... more »

So I'm looking for a desktop mug warmer to replace my cracked one. While I'm at it, I want one a tad bigger so it actually fits my mugs. I pore over all the Amazon reviews. A lot of them people say don't keep things warm enough (those all seem to be 16W). Most all of them are too small for my mugs. Plus a lot of them come with the switch on the cord, and the last thing I need is more cords on my desk. I'm about ready to give up, when I see someone answering a question about one of the mugs and they say "Don't get this one, get the Disney one."

The Disney one?
The one that comes with the Mickey or Minnie Mouse mug?
The one I completely ignored?

So I read the reviews. There's even a customer video review.
Larger base? Check.
Keeps it hot? Check, twice the wattage.
Switch on base? Check.
Plus, it comes with a mug and is half the price of the others.

!!

Here goes. I'll report back.___

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2017-06-27 04:44:36 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

I love these tunes and Keith's production: Clamanda / Farewell to the Taliban -- Keith Murphy.

I love these tunes and Keith's production: Clamanda / Farewell to the Taliban -- Keith Murphy.___

2017-06-27 03:12:53 (12 comments; 1 reshares; 20 +1s; )Open 


When Trump Voters Say They “Suffered For 8 Years Under Obama,” Here’s The Perfect Response

BY NATALIE DICKINSON 

PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017

One of many, many infuriating parts of having Trump as the President is the insufferable smugness of conservatives. When they’re not telling you to “suck it up, snowflake” or trying to sell you fake news, they’re gloating: “We suffered for eight years under that tyrant Obummer. Now it’s your turn.”

One man, Scott Mednick had enough with his Republican acquaintances and penned this powerful response:

“I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That, of course, is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue the ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down towhat is uniting, not dividing... more »


When Trump Voters Say They “Suffered For 8 Years Under Obama,” Here’s The Perfect Response

BY NATALIE DICKINSON 

PUBLISHED ON FEBRUARY 22, 2017

One of many, many infuriating parts of having Trump as the President is the insufferable smugness of conservatives. When they’re not telling you to “suck it up, snowflake” or trying to sell you fake news, they’re gloating: “We suffered for eight years under that tyrant Obummer. Now it’s your turn.”

One man, Scott Mednick had enough with his Republican acquaintances and penned this powerful response:

“I am surprised you would wish suffering upon me. That, of course, is your right, I suppose. I do not wish harm on anyone. Your statement seems to continue the ‘US v THEM’ mentality. The election is over. It is important to get past campaigning and campaign rhetoric and get down to what is uniting, not dividing and what is best for ALL Americans.

There will never be a President who does everything to everyone’s liking. There are things President Obama (and President Clinton) did that I do not like and conversely there are things I can point to that the Presidents Bush did that I agree with. So I am not 100% in lock step with the outgoing President but have supported him and the overall job he did.

And, if you recall, during the Presidential Campaign back in 2008 the campaign was halted because of the “historic crisis in our financial system.” Wall Street bailout negotiations intervened in the election process. The very sobering reality was that there likely could be a Depression and the world financial markets could collapse. The United States was losing 800,000 jobs a month and was poised to lose at least 10 million jobs the first year once the new President took office. We were in an economic freefall. So let us recall that ALL of America was suffering terribly at the beginning of Obama’s Presidency.

But I wanted to look back over the last 8 years and ask you a few questions. Since much of the rhetoric before Obama was elected was that he would impose Sharia Law, Take Away Your Guns, Create Death Panels, Destroy the Economy, Impose Socialism and, since you will agree that NONE of this came to pass, I was wondering: Why have you suffered so?

So let me ask: Gays and Lesbians can now marry and enjoy the benefits they had been deprived of. Has this caused your suffering?


When Obama took office, the Dow was 6,626. Now it is 19,875. Has this caused your suffering?

We had 82 straight months of private sector job growth – the longest streak in the history of the United States. Has this caused your suffering?

Especially considering where the economy was when he took over, an amazing 11.3 million new jobs were created under President Obama (far more than President Bush). Has this caused your suffering?

Obama has taken Unemployment from 10% down to 4.7%. Has this caused your suffering?

Homelessness among US Veterans has dropped by half. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama shut down the US secret overseas prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama has created a policy for the families of fallen soldiers to have their travel paid for to be there when remains are flown home. Has this caused your suffering?

We landed a rover on Mars. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act. Has this caused your suffering?

Uninsured adults has decreased to below 10%: 90% of adults are insured – an increase of 20 Million Adults. Has this caused your suffering?

People are now covered for pre-existing conditions. Has this caused your suffering?

Insurance Premiums increased an average of $4,677 from 2002-2008, an increase of 58% under Bush. The growth of these insurance premiums has gone up $4,145 – a slower rate of increase. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama added Billions of dollars to mental health care for our Veterans. Has this caused your suffering?

Consumer confidence has gone from 37.7 to 98.1 during Obama’s tenure. Has this caused your suffering?

He passed the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act. Has this caused your suffering?

His bi-annual Nuclear Summit convinced 16 countries to give up and destroy all their loose nuclear material so it could not be stolen. Has this caused your suffering?

He saved the US Auto industry. American cars sold at the beginning of his term were 10.4M and upon his exit 17.5M. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit as a percentage of the GDP has gone from 9.8% to 3.2%. Has this caused your suffering?

The deficit itself was cut by $800 Billion Dollars. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama preserved the middle class tax cuts. Has this caused your suffering?

Obama banned solitary confinement for juveniles in federal prisons. Has this caused your suffering?

He signed Credit Card reform so that rates could not be raised without you being notified. Has this caused your suffering?

He outlawed Government contractors from discriminating against LGBT persons. Has this caused your suffering?

He doubled Pell Grants. Has this caused your suffering?

Abortion is down. Has this caused your suffering?

Violent crime is down. Has this caused your suffering?

He overturned the scientific ban on stem cell research. Has this caused your suffering?

He protected Net Neutrality. Has this caused your suffering?

Obamacare has extended the life of the Medicare insurance trust fund (will be solvent until 2030). Has this caused your suffering?

President Obama repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell. Has this caused your suffering?

He banned torture. Has this caused your suffering?

He negotiated with Syria to give up its chemical weapons and they were destroyed. Has this caused your suffering?

Solar and Wind Power are at an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

High School Graduation rates hit 83% – an all time high. Has this caused your suffering?

Corporate profits are up by 144%. Has this caused your suffering?

He normalized relations with Cuba. Has this caused your suffering?

Reliance on foreign oil is at a 40 year low. Has this caused your suffering?

US Exports are up 28%. Has this caused your suffering?

He appointed the most diverse cabinet ever. Has this caused your suffering?

He reduced the number of troops in both Iraq and Afghanistan. Has this caused your suffering?

Yes, he killed Osama Bin Laden and retrieved all the documents in his possession for analysis. Perhaps THIS caused your suffering?

From an objective standpoint it would appear that the last eight years have seen some great progress and we were saved from a financial collapse. Things are not perfect. Things can always be better. We are on much better footing now than we were in 2008.

I look forward to understanding what caused you to suffer so much under Obama these last eight years.”

Copy & paste to share. I hope you will.




NATALIE DICKINSON___

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2017-06-27 01:16:05 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

Is this your commute?

❝ Oh, Charlie was raised in the city.
He scoffed at the suburban life
Till Satan disguised as a salesman
Bewitched and bewildered his wife.

She heard of the pleasures of rural life
With barbecues under the tree,
And so for a mere forty thousand
He purchased their dream-house with ease.

He rose before dawn every morning
To dreamily fall into line (yawn)
And follow that bumper before him (beep-beep)
To be on the job before nine.

His dream-house of crumbling stucco
Was more like a nightmarish load.
His weekends were spent in hard labor,
He dug and he pruned and he mowed.

One night an electrical failure (woohoo)
Blacked out every street in the tract.
Our hero drove up in confusion
But couldn't locate his new shack.

Eachc... more »

Is this your commute?

❝ Oh, Charlie was raised in the city.
He scoffed at the suburban life
Till Satan disguised as a salesman
Bewitched and bewildered his wife.

She heard of the pleasures of rural life
With barbecues under the tree,
And so for a mere forty thousand
He purchased their dream-house with ease.

He rose before dawn every morning
To dreamily fall into line (yawn)
And follow that bumper before him (beep-beep)
To be on the job before nine.

His dream-house of crumbling stucco
Was more like a nightmarish load.
His weekends were spent in hard labor,
He dug and he pruned and he mowed.

One night an electrical failure (woohoo)
Blacked out every street in the tract.
Our hero drove up in confusion
But couldn't locate his new shack.

Each cracker-box looked like the one next door
As far as the eye could see
And he cursed to himself as he pondered,
"Now where in the world can it be?"

He searched till a door looked familiar
Then tried out his key in the lock.
The door opened wide and he entered,
Poor Charlie was on the wrong block!

He strode to the couch of his sleeping love
He kissed her and backed off in fright (shreik)!
The girl he had kissed was a stranger
Who screamed and ran out in the night.

They caught him a few minutes later
Still rooted and shaking with fear.
They called him the Midnight Marauder
And put him away for a year.

And put him away for a year
And put him away for a year
They called him the Midnight Marauder
And put him away for a year.

spoken:
When a salesman is touting suburbia
He's doing it purely for self.
Remember the story of Charlie,
And tell him to move there himself

And tell him to move there himself,
And tell him to move there himself.
Remember the story of Charlie,
And tell him to move there himself. ❞___

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2017-06-26 23:16:42 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

"why two men whose combined wealth is greater than the annual gross domestic product of two-thirds of the world’s sovereign nations (note: not hyperbole) are so obsessed with protecting and expanding the wealth and power of a national and global plutocracy that has already achieved obscene levels of both."
...
"I suspect that there’s another explanation: for people like the Koch brothers, evangelizing for the church of Ludwig Von Mises, Frederich Hayek, Ayn Rand, etc., is a kind of interminable self-justification for their fantastic privilege, while beneath that overtly secular faith the contemporary remnants of Weber’s Protestant ethic still lurk just beneath the surface. The latter quasi-theology identifies wealth with spiritual election, and poverty as a self-chosen condition, which makes attempts to eliminate or even seriously ameliorate it both pointless andimmor... more »

"why two men whose combined wealth is greater than the annual gross domestic product of two-thirds of the world’s sovereign nations (note: not hyperbole) are so obsessed with protecting and expanding the wealth and power of a national and global plutocracy that has already achieved obscene levels of both."
...
"I suspect that there’s another explanation: for people like the Koch brothers, evangelizing for the church of Ludwig Von Mises, Frederich Hayek, Ayn Rand, etc., is a kind of interminable self-justification for their fantastic privilege, while beneath that overtly secular faith the contemporary remnants of Weber’s Protestant ethic still lurk just beneath the surface. The latter quasi-theology identifies wealth with spiritual election, and poverty as a self-chosen condition, which makes attempts to eliminate or even seriously ameliorate it both pointless and immoral."___

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2017-06-26 20:14:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Just look at that graphic...

It’s hard to wrap your head around that disparity: 400 families gaining a tax cut that is offset by ending a program that covers three-quarters of a million of low-income Americans. Our graphics editor Javier Zarracina and I decided to show how those two groups compare visually. Start scrolling to see how many people win in this trade-off, and how many people lose.

Just look at that graphic...

It’s hard to wrap your head around that disparity: 400 families gaining a tax cut that is offset by ending a program that covers three-quarters of a million of low-income Americans. Our graphics editor Javier Zarracina and I decided to show how those two groups compare visually. Start scrolling to see how many people win in this trade-off, and how many people lose.___

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2017-06-26 16:47:08 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

Michael Jackson couldn't read or write music. So how did he tell the band what to do? A cappella magic.

Michael Jackson couldn't read or write music. So how did he tell the band what to do? A cappella magic.___

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2017-06-26 16:35:44 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Nice new PMJ cover of "It Wasn't Me". Tom Jone's Style

Nice new PMJ cover of "It Wasn't Me". Tom Jone's Style___

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2017-06-26 16:34:57 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-26 15:52:34 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "In Pairs". Sometimes she brought it on walks too.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "In Pairs". Sometimes she brought it on walks too.___

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2017-06-26 07:00:32 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

On the channel in La Conner.

On the channel in La Conner.___

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2017-06-26 06:48:42 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

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2017-06-26 04:57:14 (0 comments; 4 reshares; 46 +1s; )Open 

Side effects are not always those expected.

Side effects are not always those expected.___

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2017-06-25 21:50:27 (8 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Tuesday we find out if we're fostering a German Shepherd and her 6 german/rottweiller puppies.

What do they look like? Like this photo.

Tuesday we find out if we're fostering a German Shepherd and her 6 german/rottweiller puppies.

What do they look like? Like this photo.___

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