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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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2017-02-20 07:43:38 (37 comments; 6 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

Most reshares: 7

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2017-02-20 01:07:32 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

h/t +Matthew Inman

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h/t +Matthew Inman

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2017-02-21 00:22:06 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

I think that's first time I've ever seen a cat attempt the outside loop.

___I think that's first time I've ever seen a cat attempt the outside loop.

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2017-02-21 00:20:22 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Trump considers banning the Muslim Brotherhood. Arab dictators love the idea. Democracies not so much.

___Trump considers banning the Muslim Brotherhood. Arab dictators love the idea. Democracies not so much.

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2017-02-20 23:57:33 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

The magic of chemistry. Just turned the left item into the right.

The magic of chemistry. Just turned the left item into the right.___

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2017-02-20 23:09:53 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"In fact, independent courts were extremely important in stabilizing democracy. Often they were they only factor that made the difference between democracy and authoritarianism. The courts were more likely to prevent executive overreach and consolidation of power than other governmental institutions, most especially the legislature."

On the value of an independent judiciary

We often hear political outcry against "unelected judges" as being anti-democratic and a betrayal of what the People (i.e., the leaders) want.

But a study looking at judicial systems within democracies around the globe (including the US) finds that, especially in times of crisis, a independent judiciary helps restrain a creep toward authoritarianism -- serves as a check on executive power that reaches out too far.

That's regardless of politics. Executive overreach can come from the Left or the Right, for reasons that seem evil or reasons that seem good.

For that to work, though, the courts need to be seen as legitimate by the citizenry; they need to be respected by the political elites, and there needs to be healthy democratic competition. When those are lacking, the courts become weaker and less able to keep the democracy in balance and effectively restrain increased authority within branches of government.

The lesson being, if you see someone working to undermine those factors -- the legitimacy of the courts in representing the people, respect for the courts by the political elite, and a healthy and competitive democracy -- it's a harbinger of weaker courts, weaker rule of law, and increased authoritarianism. And that may be by design.___"In fact, independent courts were extremely important in stabilizing democracy. Often they were they only factor that made the difference between democracy and authoritarianism. The courts were more likely to prevent executive overreach and consolidation of power than other governmental institutions, most especially the legislature."

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2017-02-20 22:28:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

This is the issue that Trump shouted down in his press conference.

___This is the issue that Trump shouted down in his press conference.

2017-02-20 21:44:51 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

If the CIA wants to get through to Trump, they need to set up a private TV channel just for him. Hire some newscasters. Hold talk shows. Invite guest speakers. Show graphic images.

I wonder what the breakdown is of Trump voters vs. non-Trump for whether they get their news from text or video.

If the CIA wants to get through to Trump, they need to set up a private TV channel just for him. Hire some newscasters. Hold talk shows. Invite guest speakers. Show graphic images.

I wonder what the breakdown is of Trump voters vs. non-Trump for whether they get their news from text or video.___

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2017-02-20 21:06:06 (1 comments; 2 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Presidents Day is a time to remember a lot of things

On this Presidents Day, a look back at Richard Nixon and Watergate, and a Nixon's "brazen and daring assault against the heart of American democracy: the Constitution, our system of free elections, the rule of law."

It can happen. It did.

Presidents Day is a time to remember a lot of things

On this Presidents Day, a look back at Richard Nixon and Watergate, and a Nixon's "brazen and daring assault against the heart of American democracy: the Constitution, our system of free elections, the rule of law."

It can happen. It did.___

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2017-02-20 21:00:03 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 20:57:40 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

My own theme today. "Grandmothers".

No joinindaily today as +Johnny Wills is out with health problems. Best wishes to him.

My own theme today. "Grandmothers".

No joinindaily today as +Johnny Wills is out with health problems. Best wishes to him.___

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2017-02-20 20:47:29 (9 comments; 5 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

NASA announces a major press conference on "a discovery beyond our solar system".

h/t +shadi fotouhi 

NASA announces a major press conference on "a discovery beyond our solar system".

h/t +shadi fotouhi ___

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2017-02-20 20:36:37 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Kansas gives up on trickle down. Cutting taxes on the rich drove them into debt, despite cutting services. How many times do we have to see this before reality overcomes idealism?

Finally, Republicans in Kansas have accepted that tax cuts for the wealthy have no magic.___Kansas gives up on trickle down. Cutting taxes on the rich drove them into debt, despite cutting services. How many times do we have to see this before reality overcomes idealism?

2017-02-20 20:30:57 (25 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

Anyone else seen an uptick in spam calls? I used to get one a week, but more recently it's more like three a day. One of them likes calling with a number whose first six digits match mine (presumably to fool me into thinking it's someone local). The rest are random. From the few that leave a partial message on voicemail it appears to be the standard garbage. Resort scams. Retirement scams. Etc. I'm just curious why the uptick.

Does anyone offer a "prove you're a human" call forwarding service? Or I'd be happy with an option on my phone to send everyone to voicemail who isn't in my address book. That's what I'm doing; why can't my iPhone do it for me?

Anyone else seen an uptick in spam calls? I used to get one a week, but more recently it's more like three a day. One of them likes calling with a number whose first six digits match mine (presumably to fool me into thinking it's someone local). The rest are random. From the few that leave a partial message on voicemail it appears to be the standard garbage. Resort scams. Retirement scams. Etc. I'm just curious why the uptick.

Does anyone offer a "prove you're a human" call forwarding service? Or I'd be happy with an option on my phone to send everyone to voicemail who isn't in my address book. That's what I'm doing; why can't my iPhone do it for me?___

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2017-02-20 20:15:43 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

Where the Booze Can Kill, and Putin Is Deemed a ‘Good Czar’

And of course he blamed foreigners for the ersatz vodka that makes up 20% of the market. Because that's what you do when your economy is bad and you want to stay in charge. 

Where the Booze Can Kill, and Putin Is Deemed a ‘Good Czar’

And of course he blamed foreigners for the ersatz vodka that makes up 20% of the market. Because that's what you do when your economy is bad and you want to stay in charge. ___

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2017-02-20 20:08:08 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 19:45:59 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 18:34:12 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

Help Digitize History by Transcribing World War I-Era Love Letters.
"Documents in English, French, German, Dutch, Croatian, Slovenian, and Greek are waiting to be transcribed. In the collection, readers will find poems, postcards, and even an illustrated book of love songs that belonged to a French soldier. "
https://shar.es/19IDeT 

Help Digitize History by Transcribing World War I-Era Love Letters.
"Documents in English, French, German, Dutch, Croatian, Slovenian, and Greek are waiting to be transcribed. In the collection, readers will find poems, postcards, and even an illustrated book of love songs that belonged to a French soldier. "
https://shar.es/19IDeT ___

2017-02-20 18:32:18 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

“We did not politicize our science. We were politicized by people who don’t like our facts.”

Politics-Wary Scientists Wade into the Trump Fray at Boston Rally. “We did not politicize our science. We were politicized by people who don’t like our facts.” https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/politics-wary-scientists-wade-into-the-trump-fray-at-boston-rally/___“We did not politicize our science. We were politicized by people who don’t like our facts.”

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2017-02-20 18:29:59 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 17:59:07 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

"For someone who keeps touting how different and exceptional and great the US is, Donald, how unique and how much better than, say, Europe ... well, you do seem to spend a lot of time then turning around and saying that stuff happening in Europe is the same stuff happening here, even when it's not. Unless we start marginalizing immigrant groups and make them feel like they are not part of the nation.

You wouldn't be planning any policies like that, now, would you, Donald?"

But of course that's because this has nothing to do with what Europe or the U.S. do, right? It's all about Muslims. :/

Tweetizen Trump - 2017-02-20 "#JeSuisIKEA"

Hey, it's Presidents Day, Donald![14] And, yes, as a classification, Donald, that grouping now includes you -- right alongside James Buchanan, Millard Filmore, and Richard Nixon. And, heck, Nixon actually improved relations with China and signed the Environmental Protection Act, signed the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty, and really did win a blow-out election, so you'd better do something soon to avoid falling behind him ...

So I haven't been doing this since Friday, so I know I have a bit to catch up on. Let's see ...

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The FAKE NEWS media (failing @nytimes, @NBCNews, @ABC, @CBS, @CNN) is not my enemy, it is the enemy of the American People! [1]

Yeah, I talked about this on Saturday[2]. It remains one of the most reckless, destructive, and immature things I have ever heard a President say, let alone tweet. For shame, Donald. Really, for shame.

I was amused to learn that you actually posted this tweet earlier, then deleted it so you could repost it with a couple more news media outlets. Even if it meant losing a "Sad".

"One of the most effective press conferences I've ever seen!" says Rush Limbaugh. Many agree.Yet FAKE MEDIA calls it differently! Dishonest [3]

You're repeating yourself again, Donald.[4] And why you keep touting a drug-abusing faded talk radio star as the guy who thinks you did a grand job is a bit bewildering; I have a sense of people reading that and saying, "Rush Limbaugh? Is he still alive?"

Still, there's a germ of truth there. Your supporters seem to have enjoyed the press conference.[5] Your statements were word salad, but you didn't blank, you didn't back down from any of your zany assertions, even the disproven ones, and you looked confidential. A lot of folks will buy a used car with that combination of talents, Donald.

Don't believe the main stream (fake news) media.The White House is running VERY WELL. I inherited a MESS and am in the process of fixing it. [6]

It's not unusual rhetoric for a president coming in from another party -- a bit less polite than most, Donald -- but, then, you've never run as the "polite" president.

It is a bit dangerous, though -- while you need to establish that things were bad which is why people needed to vote for you, if you blame everything bad going on in the world on Obama, sooner or later people will start saying, "Hey, X hasn't improved and he can't just keep leaning on the old administration." That took Republicans about thirty seconds for the Obama administration, and I don't expect they'll be as critical of you, Donald, but it is a tactic with a limited expiry date.

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And then there was (cue ominous organ chord) ... SWEDEN.[7]

Apparently at your big rally (which you tweeted about a lot in advance, but haven't mentioned directly since then), you said:

"We've got to keep our country safe. You look at what's happening in Germany. You look at what's happening last night in Sweden. Sweden, who would believe this? Sweden. They took in large numbers. They're having problems like they never thought possible. You look at what's happening in Brussels. You look at what's happening all over the world. Take a look at Nice. Take a look at Paris."

That led to some ribbing about a lack of terror attacks in Sweden, as well as some puzzled inquiries from the Swedish embassy. Which led to you having to follow up to explain yourself.

My statement as to what's happening in Sweden was in reference to a story that was broadcast on @FoxNews concerning immigrants & Sweden. [8]

Ah. Yes, apparently Tucker Carlson on Friday interviews Ami Horowitz, a film maker who's been trying to tie crime rates in Sweden to asylum seekers. (Who are a bit different from "immigrants," Donald, in case you don't quite get the distinction.) Ami and Fox's facts are ... kind of sketchy, Donald.[13]

But, as a follow up, later yesterday:

Give the public a break - The FAKE NEWS media is trying to say that large scale immigration in Sweden is working out just beautifully. NOT! [9]

True. It does seem to have led to some violence. Just not necessarily the violence you're trying to talk about, Donald.[10]

No, it's true, Donald, that violence in Sweden is up -- nowhere near US levels, of course. But it's not the folk who have come to the country as refugees or immigrants, but second-generation adolescents feeling that they're folk are excluded from mainstream society -- and fueled with firearms from other conflicts on the continent.[11]

We certainly need to worry about the large number of guns in the US, but for the most part we've done a good job of welcoming immigrants (and refugees) into our country, integrating them into our jobs and culture, and helping them feel like Americans. Maybe that's why immigrant communities in the US -- including refugees -- tend to have lower crime rates than average.[12]

For someone who keeps touting how different and exceptional and great the US is, Donald, how unique and how much better than, say, Europe ... well, you do seem to spend a lot of time then turning around and saying that stuff happening in Europe is the same stuff happening here, even when it's not. Unless we start marginalizing immigrant groups and make them feel like they are not part of the nation.

You wouldn't be planning any policies like that, now, would you, Donald?

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Your Social Media Minions also posted about:
- Your visit to Boeing in S. Carolina.
- Scott Pruitt's confirmation as EPA Administrator
- Your weekly address (twice!)
- Your "rally" in Florida (three times!)
- Presidents Day!

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[1] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832708293516632065
[2] https://plus.google.com/u/0/+DaveHill47/posts/QtJUVqeSspA
[3] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832730328108134402
[4] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832555987299082242
[5] http://www.chicagotribune.com/g00/news/nationworld/politics/ct-trump-supporters-news-conference-reaction-20170216-story.html?i10c.referrer=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.google.com%2F
[6] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/832945737625387008
[7] http://www.cnn.com/2017/02/19/politics/trump-rally-sweden/
[8] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/833435244451753984
[9] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/833681539997253636
[10] http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/europe/donald-trump-terror-attack-claim-sweden-neo-nazis-refugee-centre-florida-rally-a7588516.html, https://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/oct/22/pupils-wounded-in-sword-attack-at-swedish-school
[11] https://www.theguardian.com/commentisfree/2017/feb/20/sweden-donald-trump-crime-muslim-immigrants
[12] https://www.scientificamerican.com/article/immigrants-do-not-increase-crime-research-shows/, http://www.cnn.com/2017/01/29/us/refugee-terrorism-trnd/, https://www.nytimes.com/2017/01/26/us/trump-illegal-immigrants-crime.html, http://www.cbsnews.com/news/illegal-immigrants-and-crime-how-big-a-problem-is-crime-committed-by-immigrants/
[13] http://www.thelocal.se/20170220/sweden-facts-a-closer-look-at-filmmaker-ami-horowitz-claims, http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/politics/ct-whats-happening-in-sweden-20170220-story.html
[14] https://twitter.com/realDonaldTrump/status/833686030679207936
___"For someone who keeps touting how different and exceptional and great the US is, Donald, how unique and how much better than, say, Europe ... well, you do seem to spend a lot of time then turning around and saying that stuff happening in Europe is the same stuff happening here, even when it's not. Unless we start marginalizing immigrant groups and make them feel like they are not part of the nation.

You wouldn't be planning any policies like that, now, would you, Donald?"

But of course that's because this has nothing to do with what Europe or the U.S. do, right? It's all about Muslims. :/

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2017-02-20 08:20:41 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Ragtime version of Take On Me (short Instagram clip from Scott Bradley).

Ragtime version of Take On Me (short Instagram clip from Scott Bradley).___

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2017-02-20 07:43:38 (37 comments; 6 reshares; 14 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 07:28:17 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 


“Bene Gesserit Sister“ —

Photographer/Headpiece/Stylist/Makeup/Body Painter: Dani Fonseca – The Body of Art

Model: Tiffany Joy Sims


#BeneGesseritSister, #Bodypaint, #DaniFonseca, #Photography, #TheBodyOfArt, #TiffanyJoySims


“Bene Gesserit Sister“ —

Photographer/Headpiece/Stylist/Makeup/Body Painter: Dani Fonseca – The Body of Art

Model: Tiffany Joy Sims


#BeneGesseritSister, #Bodypaint, #DaniFonseca, #Photography, #TheBodyOfArt, #TiffanyJoySims___

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2017-02-20 07:26:45 (14 comments; 1 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Excellent summary by +Trey Harris as to why "privilege" is not an accusation, "racist" and "anti-Semite" are not "slurs", and calling out systemic bigotry is not a personal attack.

h/t +Ian Petersen

No, "privilege" is not an "accusation". "Racist" and "anti-Semite" are not "slurs". And calling out systemic bigotry is not a personal attack.

There was a very illuminating moment yesterday on one of the politics shows that got to the heart of the reason for some of the president's most bizarre answers at this week's press conferences.

Yesterday on MSNBC's AM Joy, former Republican congressman and Newsmax TV host J. D. Hayworth claimed his own first-hand experiences answering questions from CBP (in returning to the country in airports and in driving near the Arizona-Mexico border) showed the other members of the panel (Latinas journalist Maria Hinojosa, a naturalized citizen, and actress Rosie Perez, a natural-born citizen) were engaging in "hysterics" when they described themselves and their loved ones feeling "terrified" by encounters with immigration forces.

The skewed Republican mindset was not unmasked in that comment, though. It came after Hinojosa's response: "You can say that, because of your position of privilege… as a white man."

The illuminating moment: when Hayworth shot back, "I'm accused of privilege and I'm accused of all these things..."

Calling out privilege — white privilege, male privilege, straight privilege, cisgender privilege, whatever it may be — is not an 'accusation'. Pointing out systemic, societal, and institutional bigotry is not an 'accusation'.¹

Privilege exists. It just does; there's no point in arguing it. Whether a particular moment in someone's life experience is a moment they benefitted from privilege or was a moment they were harmed because they lacked privilege can be arguable; most often, it's simply unknowable. The same goes for systemic bigotry: it exists, even if it may not explain every negative encounter an oppressed group has with the system in question.

Saying someone "accused" you of "white privilege" is like saying someone "accused" you of being white—it makes no sense, and saying it reflects a profound misunderstanding of the issues involved.

On Wednesday's and Thursday's press conferences, we saw President Trump exhibit the same reaction to factual questions having to do with societal anti-Semitism and racism: he treated them as accusations against him personally.

This is a pernicious attitude that cannot go unchallenged.

"Racist" is an ugly word, one that no (mainstream) politician wants to be called. But as ugly as it is, as charged as it is, as cutting as it is, "racist" is not a slur.²

Let me demonstrate the difference: I am a male homosexual. Imagine someone called me by the slur "faggot".

I could take exception to this in a number of ways. I could say "that's offensive"; I could cut off further contact with the person; I could make an offensive gesture at the person or swear at them. Depending on the context, there are lots of possible responses. Anger would generally be considered justifiable on my part.

And if I wanted to continue the discourse, it would be reasonable for me to demand an apology before continuing. And I need do nothing to prove the legitimacy of my demand; the simple fact of the slur having been uttered at me is sufficient to warrant an apology.

But there's one particular response I could give to my being called a "faggot" that would be insane:³ "no, I'm not". Going on to give reasons why I'm not a "faggot" would be even more bizarre. I should feel no need to do so, and no rational person listening to the exchange would think I needed to mount a defense. That's what it means for something to be a slur.

Being called "racist", on the other hand, is nothing like being called a "faggot". You can honestly respond "no, I'm not", and give reasons why you believe that to be the case.⁴ If the accusation is false (and, yes, calling an individual "racist" is usually an accusation), that's not only an available avenue of response; it's the only legitimate response other than stopping the conversation (or attempting to continue the conversation while "agreeing to disagree" on the charge of racism). Thus, "racist" isn't a slur.

But many on the right treat "racist" (and "anti-Semite", "homophobe", etc.) as if they were slurs. They feel no need to respond or explain, they demand apologies from those who dare call them that (even without any explanation of why their statements and/or behavior isn't racist), they feel justified in cutting off the discussion as if the other person delegitimized themself. The only bone they throw to show they're aware they weren't actually slurred is arbitrary pronouncements like, "I'm the least racist person you've ever met."

And—at least recently; this feels like a fairly new rhetorical trick to me, but I haven't researched the question—they treat observations of privilege or of institutional racism, etc., as if they were equivalent to calling the individual by that false "slur".

As a rhetorical trick, it's understandable: often people like Hinojosa bring up privilege or institutional bigotry when their interlocutor has benefitted from it or has a hand in furthering it. Acting as if they've been personally slurred allows them to short-circuit the discussion before it can draw the explicit connection between the systemic and the personal. By getting their hackles up early, they avoid the most damning part of the argument, the part where they would have to face personal responsibility.

Allowing people to get away with this erodes our understanding of systemic oppression and of why names for bigots are not slurs. That's why I wrote it's pernicious.

Yes, being called a bigot when you're not is offensive. But being called a true slur is offensive even when you are. We can't allow the two to be equated.


¹ I'm not making anything like a new point here—it's been widely-discussed in progressive circles for years if not decades—but this moment was a nice crystallization of the issue.

² In and of itself, I mean. Being called a racist when you're not is an insulting allegation, which could fit some definitions of "slur".

³ Or dishonest, or closeted, but let's assume I'm out and am being honest.

⁴ I'm talking about "racist" in the way it's ordinarily understood when applied to someone, i.e., of describing particular bigotry. All of us in participating in a society with a racist history being racist (and homophobic, etc.), even if it's internalized or subjugated, isn't what I'm talking about here.___Excellent summary by +Trey Harris as to why "privilege" is not an accusation, "racist" and "anti-Semite" are not "slurs", and calling out systemic bigotry is not a personal attack.

h/t +Ian Petersen

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2017-02-20 07:20:49 (4 comments; 1 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

"Learn Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater [the guy delivering a possible Ukraine peace deal]" That is *not* a link bait title. WTF?

___"Learn Eye-Popping Details About Mr Sater [the guy delivering a possible Ukraine peace deal]" That is *not* a link bait title. WTF?

2017-02-20 06:58:28 (5 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

An open letter to Jeff Bezos. Help bring America's communities together.

Dear Jeff Bezos,
Make America dance in the street again ;)

https://medium.com/@shava23/dear-jeff-bezos-you-could-help-save-america-d08c5d981f85#.73sf8cojx___An open letter to Jeff Bezos. Help bring America's communities together.

2017-02-20 06:38:11 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Sigh. G+ twitter shares are broken. But trust me, the image here is really funny (apropos the tragedy in Sweden). https://mobile.twitter.com/JeannaLStars/status/833253966720991232

#plusonly

Sigh. G+ twitter shares are broken. But trust me, the image here is really funny (apropos the tragedy in Sweden). https://mobile.twitter.com/JeannaLStars/status/833253966720991232

#plusonly___

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2017-02-20 06:34:25 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 8 +1s; )Open 

A smart person builds a team of smart people, whether or not they disagree with you. Valuing loyalty over skills is the sign of an insecure leader. (And that's about the *best* thing I can say it's a sign of.)

"During President Trump’s transition to power, his team reached out to Elliott Abrams for help building a new administration. Mr. Abrams, a seasoned Republican foreign policy official, sent lists of possible candidates for national security jobs.

One by one, the answer from the Trump team came back no. The reason was consistent: This one had said disparaging things about Mr. Trump during the campaign; that one had signed a letter opposing him. Finally, the White House asked Mr. Abrams himself to meet with the president about becoming deputy secretary of state, only to have the same thing happen — vetoed because of past criticism."___A smart person builds a team of smart people, whether or not they disagree with you. Valuing loyalty over skills is the sign of an insecure leader. (And that's about the *best* thing I can say it's a sign of.)

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2017-02-20 06:28:04 (9 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Check Cashing Services. Yet another example of how the poor do not tend to make bad financial decisions. The elites just don't understand the factors you need to consider when you're living on the edge.

Check Cashing Services. Yet another example of how the poor do not tend to make bad financial decisions. The elites just don't understand the factors you need to consider when you're living on the edge.___

2017-02-20 05:16:13 (7 comments; 6 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

This is making the rounds. How Trump is making America great again. :)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:
1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know... more »

This is making the rounds. How Trump is making America great again. :)

I can't believe I'm saying this, but it looks like Trump is actually making America great again. Just look at the progress made since the election:
1. Unprecedented levels of ongoing civic engagement.
2. Millions of Americans now know who their state and federal representatives are without having to google.
3. Millions of Americans are exercising more. They're holding signs and marching every week.
4. Alec Baldwin is great again. Everyone's forgotten he's kind of a jerk.
5. The Postal Service is enjoying the influx cash due to stamps purchased by millions of people for letter and postcard campaigns.
6. Likewise, the pharmaceutical industry is enjoying record growth in sales of anti-depressants.
7. Millions of Americans now know how to call their elected officials and know exactly what to say to be effective.
8. Footage of town hall meetings is now entertaining.
9. Tens of millions of people are now correctly spelling words like emoluments, narcissist, fascist, misogynist, holocaust and cognitive dissonance.
10. Everyone knows more about the rise of Hitler than they did last year.
11. Everyone knows more about legislation, branches of power and how checks and balances work.
12. Marginalized groups are experiencing a surge in white allies.
13. White people in record numbers have just learned that racism is not dead. (See #6)
14. White people in record numbers also finally understand that Obamacare IS the Affordable Care Act.
15. Stephen Colbert's "Late Night" finally gained the elusive #1 spot in late night talk shows, and Seth Meyers is finding his footing as today's Jon Stewart.
16. "Mike Pence" has donated millions of dollars to Planned Parenthood since Nov. 9th.
17. Melissa FREAKING McCarthy.
18. Travel ban protesters put $24 million into ACLU coffers in just 48 hours, enabling them to hire 200 more attorneys. Lawyers are now heroes.
19. As people seek veracity in their news sources, respected news outlets are happily reporting a substantial increase in subscriptions, a boon to a struggling industry vital to our democracy.
20. Live streaming court cases and congressional sessions are now as popular as the Kardashians.
21. Massive cleanup of facebook friend lists.
22. People are reading classic literature again. Sales of George Orwell's "1984" increased by 10,000% after the inauguration. (Yes, that is true. 10,000%. 9th grade Lit teachers all over the country are now rock stars.)
23. More than ever before, Americans are aware that education is important. Like, super important.
24. Now, more than anytime in history, everyone believes that anyone can be President. Seriously, anyone." - Susan Keller (Copy and paste to share.) ___

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2017-02-20 04:46:04 (6 comments; 0 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

It's fun when everything starts to come together. Lights. Paint. Knobs. Hangings.

I am so glad we got a little house. Projects are so much more manageable.

It's fun when everything starts to come together. Lights. Paint. Knobs. Hangings.

I am so glad we got a little house. Projects are so much more manageable.___

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2017-02-20 04:23:04 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Save this for the next time someone tells you Sweden has an immigrant rape or crime problem.

"Sweden does indeed have far more reported cases of sexual assault than any other country. But it's not because Swedes – of any colour – are very criminal. It's because they're very feminist. In 2005, Sweden's Social Democratic government introduced a new sex-crime law with the world's most expansive definition of rape."

"Imagine, for example, if your boss rubbed against you in an unwanted way at work once a week for a year. In Canada, this would potentially be a case of sexual assault. Under Germany's more limited laws, it would be zero cases. In Sweden, it would be tallied as 52 separate cases of rape. If you engaged in a half-dozen sex acts with your spouse, then later you felt you had not given consent, in Sweden that would be classified as sixcas... more »

“What we’re hearing is a very, very extreme exaggeration based on a few isolated events, and the claim that it’s related to immigration is more or less not true at all,” says Jerzy Sarnecki, a criminologist at Stockholm University who has devoted his career to the study of criminality, ethnicity and age.
Sweden’s rape crisis isn’t what it seems http://www.theglobeandmail.com/opinion/swedens-rape-crisis-isnt-what-it-seems/article30019623/ -via Flynx___Save this for the next time someone tells you Sweden has an immigrant rape or crime problem.

"Sweden does indeed have far more reported cases of sexual assault than any other country. But it's not because Swedes – of any colour – are very criminal. It's because they're very feminist. In 2005, Sweden's Social Democratic government introduced a new sex-crime law with the world's most expansive definition of rape."

"Imagine, for example, if your boss rubbed against you in an unwanted way at work once a week for a year. In Canada, this would potentially be a case of sexual assault. Under Germany's more limited laws, it would be zero cases. In Sweden, it would be tallied as 52 separate cases of rape. If you engaged in a half-dozen sex acts with your spouse, then later you felt you had not given consent, in Sweden that would be classified as six cases of rape."

And as for crime? It's not immigrants, it's poverty and refugee camps that are the problem.

Never mind that in the US, immigrants have a lower crime rate than the rest of the population.

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2017-02-20 04:07:36 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

My mother and I on an old house on top of McGaffey Mountain, Vienna ME. It collapsed a few years later.

Given she went places like this, I don't know why she was surprised to find me on top of the barn roof with a bow and arrow when I was little.

My mother and I on an old house on top of McGaffey Mountain, Vienna ME. It collapsed a few years later.

Given she went places like this, I don't know why she was surprised to find me on top of the barn roof with a bow and arrow when I was little.___

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2017-02-20 03:44:08 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

And this is…I have no idea. I'm going to have to ask my mother. But it's a cute picture!

And this is…I have no idea. I'm going to have to ask my mother. But it's a cute picture!___

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2017-02-20 03:34:30 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Maine dogs spell out "NO" to Trump.

Maine dogs spell out "NO" to Trump.___

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2017-02-20 03:23:13 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 22 +1s; )Open 

Your moment of cute.

I need one. ___Your moment of cute.

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2017-02-20 03:07:09 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

"Even in the Early Middle Ages people were asking scientific questions about their world. Here are six of these questions, and the answers that were provided by a Byzantine philosopher in the year 531." http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/six-science-questions-answers-sixth-century/

"Even in the Early Middle Ages people were asking scientific questions about their world. Here are six of these questions, and the answers that were provided by a Byzantine philosopher in the year 531." http://www.medievalists.net/2017/02/six-science-questions-answers-sixth-century/___

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2017-02-20 01:19:47 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 01:08:31 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 2 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-20 01:07:32 (0 comments; 7 reshares; 39 +1s; )Open 

h/t +Matthew Inman

h/t +Matthew Inman___

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2017-02-19 23:43:53 (10 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

It's easy to get angry. It's harder to *do* something.

___It's easy to get angry. It's harder to *do* something.

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2017-02-19 23:42:15 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

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2017-02-19 23:31:38 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A minkin?

The mystique of mink where it matters most...___A minkin?

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2017-02-19 23:28:04 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

A cute gym bunny ad.

Motivational :-)

#bunnytherapy ___A cute gym bunny ad.

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2017-02-19 23:06:43 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

How Galileo became a hero when he was more a Sagan or Tyson than a Hawking.

"Galileo achieved considerable fame in his lifetime, but in the 17th century his reputation rested firmly on his telescopic discoveries. His contribution to the debate over the heliocentric view of the solar system was rather minimal, and despite the best efforts of Marin Mersenne (the century’s greatest science communicator) to publicise his Discourses, they didn’t have that great an impact. Today it is often claimed that Galileo is one of the giants on whose shoulders Newton stood, but he plays a rather minor role in Newton’s masterwork, Principia Mathematica (1687). By the 18th century, Galileo was slipping into obscurity outside of Italy. Then he experienced a remarkable resurrection." https://aeon.co/ideas/galileo-s-reputation-is-more-hyperbole-than-truth___How Galileo became a hero when he was more a Sagan or Tyson than a Hawking.

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2017-02-19 22:59:10 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"Consider this recent exchange he had with Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly asks:

Is there any validity to the criticism of you that you say things that you can’t back up factually, and as the President you say there are three million illegal aliens who voted and you don’t have the data to back that up, some people are going to say that it’s irresponsible for the President to say that.

To which the president replies:

Many people have come out and said I’m right.

Now many people also say Jim Morrison faked his own death. Many people say Barack Obama was born in Kenya. “Many people say” is what’s known as an argumentum ad populum. If we were a nation of logicians, we would dismiss the argument as dumb.

We are not a nation of logicians.

I think it’s important not to dismiss the president’s reply simply as dumb. We ought toassume that it’s dark... more »

"We each have our obligations to see what’s in front of one’s nose, whether we’re reporters, columnists, or anything else. This is the essence of intellectual integrity. Not to look around, or beyond, or away from the facts, but to look straight at them, to recognize and call them for what they are, nothing more or less. To see things as they are before we re-interpret them into what we’d like them to be. To believe in an epistemology that can distinguish between truth and falsity, facts and opinions, evidence and wishes. To defend habits of mind and institutions of society, above all a free press, which preserve that epistemology. To hold fast to a set of intellectual standards and moral convictions that won’t waver amid changes of political fashion or tides of unfavorable opinion. To speak the truth irrespective of what it means for our popularity or influence."

"The legacy of Danny Pearl is that he died for this. We are being asked to do much less. We have no excuse not to do it." http://time.com/4675860/donald-trump-fake-news-attacks/___"Consider this recent exchange he had with Bill O’Reilly. O’Reilly asks:

Is there any validity to the criticism of you that you say things that you can’t back up factually, and as the President you say there are three million illegal aliens who voted and you don’t have the data to back that up, some people are going to say that it’s irresponsible for the President to say that.

To which the president replies:

Many people have come out and said I’m right.

Now many people also say Jim Morrison faked his own death. Many people say Barack Obama was born in Kenya. “Many people say” is what’s known as an argumentum ad populum. If we were a nation of logicians, we would dismiss the argument as dumb.

We are not a nation of logicians.

I think it’s important not to dismiss the president’s reply simply as dumb. We ought to assume that it’s darkly brilliant — if not in intention than certainly in effect. The president is responding to a claim of fact not by denying the fact, but by denying the claim that facts are supposed to have on an argument."

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2017-02-19 21:36:07 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 17 +1s; )Open 

75 years ago Americans allowed fear to trump human rights. And we’ve already forgotten about it https://qz.com/914272 

75 years ago Americans allowed fear to trump human rights. And we’ve already forgotten about it https://qz.com/914272 ___

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2017-02-19 21:35:42 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found https://qz.com/914002 

You’re a completely different person at 14 and 77, the longest-running personality study ever has found https://qz.com/914002 ___

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2017-02-19 19:50:10 (33 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

"if members of the coalition that opposes Donald Trump want to persuade the public, they’ll have to resist the temptation to vilify all his supporters, and to formulate a strategy that includes earnest efforts at loving outreach and persuasion."

I should add. You're going to have to do that while being yelled at, called names, and told you're an idiot.

But it is important to understand that millions of Americans got a vastly different impression of what happened. Here is how Rush Limbaugh summed it up for his listeners:___"if members of the coalition that opposes Donald Trump want to persuade the public, they’ll have to resist the temptation to vilify all his supporters, and to formulate a strategy that includes earnest efforts at loving outreach and persuasion."

I should add. You're going to have to do that while being yelled at, called names, and told you're an idiot.

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2017-02-19 19:41:04 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Inside A House Of Worship". Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Inside A House Of Worship". Doi Saket, Chiang Mai, Thailand.___

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