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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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2016-12-02 00:36:25 (34 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Trump campaign's appeal has temporarily blocked the Michigan recount while it's considered.

One of their complaints is that if the recount isn't finished in time, the electoral representatives might not be able to vote. Another is that Jill stands nothing to gain (although they put it in considerably more insulting terms).

Most reshares: 10

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2016-11-27 18:44:58 (4 comments; 10 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

The non-western books that every student should read

h/t +Mollie Pepper 

Most plusones: 37

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2016-12-01 04:02:10 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

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2016-12-03 06:24:06 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 0 +1s; )Open 

Sweet dreams.

Sweet dreams.___

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2016-12-03 06:10:35 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

It crowded up here.

It crowded up here.___

2016-12-03 02:31:38 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Going out. Put on nice shirt. Pick up puppy. Change shirt. Damn submissive peeing.

Going out. Put on nice shirt. Pick up puppy. Change shirt. Damn submissive peeing.___

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2016-12-03 01:42:01 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Playing with the new toys I brought.

Playing with the new toys I brought.___

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2016-12-02 22:46:20 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

Deadlock: Board vote means Michigan presidential recount may proceed http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/02/michigan-board-canvassers-stein/94797766/ -via Flynx

Deadlock: Board vote means Michigan presidential recount may proceed http://www.freep.com/story/news/politics/2016/12/02/michigan-board-canvassers-stein/94797766/ -via Flynx___

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2016-12-02 16:16:03 (2 comments; 1 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Gold". Taken in Bagan, Myanmar.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Gold". Taken in Bagan, Myanmar.___

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2016-12-02 00:36:25 (34 comments; 3 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Trump campaign's appeal has temporarily blocked the Michigan recount while it's considered.

One of their complaints is that if the recount isn't finished in time, the electoral representatives might not be able to vote. Another is that Jill stands nothing to gain (although they put it in considerably more insulting terms).

Trump campaign's appeal has temporarily blocked the Michigan recount while it's considered.

One of their complaints is that if the recount isn't finished in time, the electoral representatives might not be able to vote. Another is that Jill stands nothing to gain (although they put it in considerably more insulting terms).___

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2016-12-02 00:29:36 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

The direction we go isn't found in Trump, it's found in our democratic institutions.

___The direction we go isn't found in Trump, it's found in our democratic institutions.

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2016-12-02 00:15:14 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 29 +1s; )Open 

I'm back with the puppies!

I'm back with the puppies!___

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2016-12-01 22:46:53 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 4 +1s; )Open 

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2016-12-01 22:14:23 (1 comments; 0 reshares; 1 +1s; )Open 

New Video! Watch Jax (American Idol Season 14) make her PMJ debut in this Janis Joplin- style remake of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus! We're going back to the '60s for this one.

Download on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/pmjdirtbag

New Video! Watch Jax (American Idol Season 14) make her PMJ debut in this Janis Joplin- style remake of "Teenage Dirtbag" by Wheatus! We're going back to the '60s for this one.

Download on iTunes: http://smarturl.it/pmjdirtbag___

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2016-12-01 22:11:38 (3 comments; 2 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Technically this should be a caturday post.

Subscription.
hallbeck.com___Technically this should be a caturday post.

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2016-12-01 22:07:48 (8 comments; 1 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

The confirmation process is going to be an interesting test of how far Congress is prepared to bend over for Trump.*

Will they pass an override law to allow his Sec Defense pick?

(Forwards or backwards, I'm not sure there's a difference in this case.)

The confirmation process is going to be an interesting test of how far Congress is prepared to bend over for Trump.*

Will they pass an override law to allow his Sec Defense pick?

(Forwards or backwards, I'm not sure there's a difference in this case.)___

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2016-12-01 22:04:25 (15 comments; 5 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

Something often neglected in discussions of Galileo and his trial for heresy is that the dispute wasn't about whether the Earth revolves around the Sun; it was about who had the right to say that the Earth revolves around the Sun.

From the Vatican's perspective, statements about the nature of reality are effectively policy statements, and so may only be made by the organ of policy -- namely, them. Galileo's science argued that anyone could perform experiments and learn things about the factual nature of reality, and communicate these ideas to others, and that this knowledge was not limited or controllable by the Church.

There's an important logic to the Vatican's argument here. Statements of factual reality, while they aren't policy statements in their own right, tend to have very profound policy implications. If I tell you that the roof is on fire, then you are... more »

Something often neglected in discussions of Galileo and his trial for heresy is that the dispute wasn't about whether the Earth revolves around the Sun; it was about who had the right to say that the Earth revolves around the Sun.

From the Vatican's perspective, statements about the nature of reality are effectively policy statements, and so may only be made by the organ of policy -- namely, them. Galileo's science argued that anyone could perform experiments and learn things about the factual nature of reality, and communicate these ideas to others, and that this knowledge was not limited or controllable by the Church.

There's an important logic to the Vatican's argument here. Statements of factual reality, while they aren't policy statements in their own right, tend to have very profound policy implications. If I tell you that the roof is on fire, then you are likely to place a very high priority on things like leaving the building and calling the fire department.¹ If I tell you that the Earth is not at the center of the universe, this might lend weight to arguments that the experience of the Crucifixion isn't unique and at the center of the universe (this is the heresy that Giordano Bruno was later burned for), and thus that the Church isn't the natural and unique center of political authority.

That is, organs of political power are right to think of scientific statements as having policy implications -- and organs of policy tend to be very jealous of that prerogative, and not appreciate anyone else trying to make policy without them.

Science is particularly dangerous, in this regard, because it provides testable statements about the nature of reality which are in effect available to anybody, and because those statements are sometimes surprises. A surprising change in facts which can't be negotiated away is profoundly dangerous to institutions of power, because those changes might compromise anything from a delicately negotiated balance of power to the significance of the organization itself. Encouraging science is something only done by the most confident of governments and institutions: the ones who believe that, no matter what the nature of reality may be, they will be able to face up to it.

Leaders who are more concerned with their personal survival than the fate of the country as a whole will often not see it this way: public perception, and the resulting political leverage it creates, is ultimately far more important to the exercise of power, even though it is far less important than knowledge of the facts to the protection of the nation.

A good modern example of this dichotomy can be seen in the different ways that the Department of Defense and Congress discuss climate change. To the DoD, this is a practical threat, requiring planning and advance preparation, and thus detailed knowledge whenever possible. To Congress, this is a political threat, requiring changes in policy which may compromise important bargains with people who would lose out from those changes, and thus requiring careful control of public perception independent of the underlying reality.

¹ Or alternatively, that we don't need no water; let the motherfucker burn.___

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2016-12-01 17:17:37 (0 comments; 1 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Identifying what's true and not probably doesn't solve the problem.

It's funny, because I just had a fact argument with someone. They posted a clearly incorrect meme (about Soros), easily disprovable. And when I pointed it out? They laughed and posted it again. They truly didn't care. It expressed their view of the world, whether or not the details were correct.

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.
___Identifying what's true and not probably doesn't solve the problem.

It's funny, because I just had a fact argument with someone. They posted a clearly incorrect meme (about Soros), easily disprovable. And when I pointed it out? They laughed and posted it again. They truly didn't care. It expressed their view of the world, whether or not the details were correct.

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2016-12-01 16:50:38 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 30 +1s; )Open 

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Pets". Bwahahaha. Fortunately I have a few shots.

For those who don't follow my Pets and Puppies collection, these are five chihuahua/? puppies we are fostering. Mama has already been adopted. They'll be available for adoption at a big cat/dog adoption event in Seattle on Dec 10th.

Today's #joinindaily theme is "Pets". Bwahahaha. Fortunately I have a few shots.

For those who don't follow my Pets and Puppies collection, these are five chihuahua/? puppies we are fostering. Mama has already been adopted. They'll be available for adoption at a big cat/dog adoption event in Seattle on Dec 10th.___

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2016-12-01 04:11:28 (3 comments; 1 reshares; 7 +1s; )Open 

“Each Snowmobile includes a network cable connected to a high-speed switch capable of supporting one terabit per second of data transfer spread across multiple 40 gigabits per second connections,” Amazon’s Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Assuming that your existing network can transfer data at that rate, you can fill a Snowmobile in about 10 days.”

“Each Snowmobile includes a network cable connected to a high-speed switch capable of supporting one terabit per second of data transfer spread across multiple 40 gigabits per second connections,” Amazon’s Jeff Barr wrote in a blog post on Wednesday. “Assuming that your existing network can transfer data at that rate, you can fill a Snowmobile in about 10 days.”___

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2016-12-01 04:08:00 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 24 +1s; )Open 

This is absolutely chilling. He was on his way to #StandingRock  to cover #NoDAPL .  

This is absolutely chilling. He was on his way to #StandingRock  to cover #NoDAPL .  ___

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2016-12-01 04:02:10 (6 comments; 6 reshares; 37 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-30 23:41:06 (1 comments; 1 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

In Ten Days After, we document 867 bias-related incidents in the 10 days following the presidential election. Among them: multiple reports of black children being told to ride in the back of school buses; the words "Trump Nation" and "Whites Only" being painted on a church with a large immigrant population; and an elderly gay man being pulled from his car and beaten by an assailant who said the "president says we can kill all you faggots now." 

In Ten Days After, we document 867 bias-related incidents in the 10 days following the presidential election. Among them: multiple reports of black children being told to ride in the back of school buses; the words "Trump Nation" and "Whites Only" being painted on a church with a large immigrant population; and an elderly gay man being pulled from his car and beaten by an assailant who said the "president says we can kill all you faggots now." ___

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2016-11-30 14:42:11 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 16 +1s; )Open 

Yellow scarf, yellow shoes, a bag saying "BANANAS" and a banana iPhone case. ???

Unfortunately the yellow got washed out a bit in the photo.

Yellow scarf, yellow shoes, a bag saying "BANANAS" and a banana iPhone case. ???

Unfortunately the yellow got washed out a bit in the photo.___

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2016-11-30 14:20:04 (0 comments; 3 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-30 14:07:17 (3 comments; 0 reshares; 18 +1s; )Open 

#joinindaily with +Johnny Wills Theme: Purple (no flowers) -- LL Bean Dog Festival

Google photos makes this game really easy. I've got about 20,000 photos up loaded. So I just search for the days keyword and the image recognition makes the suggestions. :)

#joinindaily with +Johnny Wills Theme: Purple (no flowers) -- LL Bean Dog Festival

Google photos makes this game really easy. I've got about 20,000 photos up loaded. So I just search for the days keyword and the image recognition makes the suggestions. :)___

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2016-11-29 21:31:51 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

If you are evidence-based you lead with the lack of evidence for explosive or insidious charges. That becomes the news. If you are accusation-driven, the news is that certain people are making charges. With the details we may learn that there's no evidence, but the frame in which that discovery is made remains "he said, she said."

If you are evidence-based you lead with the lack of evidence for explosive or insidious charges. That becomes the news. If you are accusation-driven, the news is that certain people are making charges. With the details we may learn that there's no evidence, but the frame in which that discovery is made remains "he said, she said."___

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2016-11-29 21:14:34 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

Getting through U.S Immigration - Foil Arms and Hog

h/t +Mollie Pepper 

Getting through U.S Immigration - Foil Arms and Hog

h/t +Mollie Pepper ___

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2016-11-29 18:44:56 (2 comments; 4 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

❝ For every person with blatantly bigoted beliefs, there are many more who hold ordinary implicit biases. These are stereotypical thoughts and feelings that come to mind involuntarily, even when the thinker consciously rejects those thoughts. For example, people may think briefly about terrorism when they see a Muslim American at the airport before dismissing that thought as unfounded. Or white people may feel an instant of fear when they see an African American before rejecting that feeling as inconsistent with their values. Research suggests that the majority of Americans—hundreds of millions of people—hold such implicit biases.

Research from my neuroscience and psychology lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that cues from authority figures can make the difference between keeping implicit biases in check and capitulating to them.

Behavioral science shows why we must stay vigilant about calling out everyday bigotry http://qz.com/847520 ___❝ For every person with blatantly bigoted beliefs, there are many more who hold ordinary implicit biases. These are stereotypical thoughts and feelings that come to mind involuntarily, even when the thinker consciously rejects those thoughts. For example, people may think briefly about terrorism when they see a Muslim American at the airport before dismissing that thought as unfounded. Or white people may feel an instant of fear when they see an African American before rejecting that feeling as inconsistent with their values. Research suggests that the majority of Americans—hundreds of millions of people—hold such implicit biases.

Research from my neuroscience and psychology lab at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill suggests that cues from authority figures can make the difference between keeping implicit biases in check and capitulating to them.

2016-11-29 17:56:12 (5 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

Remember when Ghostscript was a huge thing? An Open Source postscript interpreter‽ Wow! Now you can just display PDFs using Javascript. o_O (Yes, I know PDF isn't full Postscript, but still.)

So has anyone implemented NeWS in a browser yet?

Remember when Ghostscript was a huge thing? An Open Source postscript interpreter‽ Wow! Now you can just display PDFs using Javascript. o_O (Yes, I know PDF isn't full Postscript, but still.)

So has anyone implemented NeWS in a browser yet?___

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2016-11-29 14:09:31 (4 comments; 0 reshares; 26 +1s; )Open 

The #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills today is "Lights At Night".

(I posted a similar photo last week. I took this one last year. What can I say. :)

The #joinindaily theme from +Johnny Wills today is "Lights At Night".

(I posted a similar photo last week. I took this one last year. What can I say. :)___

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2016-11-29 13:22:56 (1 comments; 3 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

A scandal has swallowed the South Korean president, Park Gun-hye, after she was accused of helping to pressure large corporations to donate millions into a fund controlled by a close friend, who also happens to be the daughter of a creepy mystic of some historic significance.

South Korea's president, you see, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, a military strongman who took power in a coup but then decided to evolve his brutal dictatorship into a democracy. In 1979, he was assassinated by his own head of intelligence for reasons that remain unclear -- though one theory is that the shooter had fallen under the influence of a cultist charlatan by the name of Choi Tae-min.

Choi happens to be the father of Choi Soon-sil, the "close friend" at the center of the current scandal.

Old betrayals, new corruptions, allegations of cultist rituals -- the story is complex... more »

A scandal has swallowed the South Korean president, Park Gun-hye, after she was accused of helping to pressure large corporations to donate millions into a fund controlled by a close friend, who also happens to be the daughter of a creepy mystic of some historic significance.

South Korea's president, you see, is the daughter of Park Chung-hee, a military strongman who took power in a coup but then decided to evolve his brutal dictatorship into a democracy. In 1979, he was assassinated by his own head of intelligence for reasons that remain unclear -- though one theory is that the shooter had fallen under the influence of a cultist charlatan by the name of Choi Tae-min.

Choi happens to be the father of Choi Soon-sil, the "close friend" at the center of the current scandal.

Old betrayals, new corruptions, allegations of cultist rituals -- the story is complex and fascinating. Abuse of the trust of the people of South Korea aside, this story reads like an epic poem next to the sorry tabloid that American politics have become.

Thus far, the offices of Samsung, Lotte, SK and others have been raided. President Park denies the allegations, but continues to apologize, says she'll allow parliament to decide how she should step down. Her alleged "puppet-master" BFF has already been apprehended.

And this all ties into sex because ... they found Viagra in President Park's office during a raid.

I can think of quite a few cultist rituals to do with 364 little blue pills myself. But mostly I just wanted to fall into a rabbit hole of some other country's politics, and I thought you might, too. You're welcome.___

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2016-11-29 05:21:20 (7 comments; 1 reshares; 27 +1s; )Open 

"The airline says he'll never be allowed to fly Delta again, and that it's refunding every passenger on that flight the full price of their tickets."

I am still curious how he didn't get ejected, and why it took a video for them to take this action--did nobody on the staff report it?

More importantly, I'll believe the lesson is learned if the airlines stop ejecting people who make other people "nervous". Toss the ones who are being abusive, not the victims.

Delta Airlines: Abusive Trump supporter is banned for life - Nov. 28, 2016

___"The airline says he'll never be allowed to fly Delta again, and that it's refunding every passenger on that flight the full price of their tickets."

I am still curious how he didn't get ejected, and why it took a video for them to take this action--did nobody on the staff report it?

More importantly, I'll believe the lesson is learned if the airlines stop ejecting people who make other people "nervous". Toss the ones who are being abusive, not the victims.

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2016-11-29 04:22:45 (6 comments; 3 reshares; 9 +1s; )Open 

This, written before the recount drive, describes why it's so important, and why 30% of the country is putting democracy at risk by not using paper ballots.

“Want to Know if the Election was Hacked? Look at the Ballots” https://medium.com/@jhalderm/want-to-know-if-the-election-was-hacked-look-at-the-ballots-c61a6113b0ba___This, written before the recount drive, describes why it's so important, and why 30% of the country is putting democracy at risk by not using paper ballots.

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2016-11-29 03:46:05 (9 comments; 1 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

Trump's DC Hotel Lease states: “No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom...”.

It seems pretty clear that he's about to break the terms.

___Trump's DC Hotel Lease states: “No ... elected official of the Government of the United States ... shall be admitted to any share or part of this Lease, or to any benefit that may arise therefrom...”.

It seems pretty clear that he's about to break the terms.

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2016-11-29 03:28:28 (10 comments; 5 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-29 01:30:29 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

They've gotten so big! Two more days and I'll see them again!

They've gotten so big! Two more days and I'll see them again!___

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2016-11-29 00:48:44 (12 comments; 5 reshares; 25 +1s; )Open 

“They kept running ads showing Trump forcefully expressing views that liberals found outrageous,” he wrote. “Trump supporters liked him for forcefully saying things that liberals found outrageous. They were ads paid for by the Clinton campaign that raised Trump’s profile with his potential supporters!”

So how to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump?

Start by pointing out that Trump is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.

“Don’t let anyone forget it,” Lakoff suggests. “Keep referring to Trump as the minority president, Mr. Minority and the overall Loser. Constant repetition, with discussion in the media and over social media, questions the legitimacy of the minority president to ignore the values of the majority.”

Trump’s unique status as the most unpopular man ever to enter the White House can chip away athis core “Strict Fath... more »

I do believe I passed the article this piece is discussing around a few days ago. You might want to read both.  Here's the Lakoff piece he's referring to: https://georgelakoff.com/2016/11/22/a-minority-president-why-the-polls-failed-and-what-the-majority-can-do/___“They kept running ads showing Trump forcefully expressing views that liberals found outrageous,” he wrote. “Trump supporters liked him for forcefully saying things that liberals found outrageous. They were ads paid for by the Clinton campaign that raised Trump’s profile with his potential supporters!”

So how to defeat a master of self-promotion like Trump?

Start by pointing out that Trump is the biggest popular vote loser ever to win the Electoral College.

“Don’t let anyone forget it,” Lakoff suggests. “Keep referring to Trump as the minority president, Mr. Minority and the overall Loser. Constant repetition, with discussion in the media and over social media, questions the legitimacy of the minority president to ignore the values of the majority.”

Trump’s unique status as the most unpopular man ever to enter the White House can chip away at his core “Strict Father” appeal, which explains why pointing it out irritates him so much.

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2016-11-28 14:01:25 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 23 +1s; )Open 

<starts searching Etsy for someone who can provide a bulk order of fake Starbucks cups>

___<starts searching Etsy for someone who can provide a bulk order of fake Starbucks cups>

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2016-11-28 13:52:22 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 6 +1s; )Open 

OK, I'll admit it...this specific combination of words is one I never expected.

OK, I'll admit it...this specific combination of words is one I never expected.___

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2016-11-28 03:06:29 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Trump's Global Conflicts-of-Interest Problem

BoingBoing provides the context on this: But the real story this weekend is Trump's conflicts of interest, lavishly documented by the attentive Richard C. Paddock, Eric Lipton, Ellen Barry, Rod Nordland, Danny Hakim and Simon Romero of the New York Times.

* He has business interests with Jose E. B. Antonio, who is also Philippines dictator Rodrige Dutarte's Special Envoy to the USA

* Similar conflicts potentially exist is some 20 known countries where the Trump organization has dealings

* Trump also has a long, undisclosed list of foreign creditors, potentially including sovereign wealth funds

* Trump has used his political campaign to curry favor with foreign leaders: after his businesses in Turkey were threatened as a result of his call for a ban on Muslims entering the USA, he stood up... more »

Trump's Global Conflicts-of-Interest Problem

BoingBoing provides the context on this: But the real story this weekend is Trump's conflicts of interest, lavishly documented by the attentive Richard C. Paddock, Eric Lipton, Ellen Barry, Rod Nordland, Danny Hakim and Simon Romero of the New York Times.

* He has business interests with Jose E. B. Antonio, who is also Philippines dictator Rodrige Dutarte's Special Envoy to the USA

* Similar conflicts potentially exist is some 20 known countries where the Trump organization has dealings

* Trump also has a long, undisclosed list of foreign creditors, potentially including sovereign wealth funds

* Trump has used his political campaign to curry favor with foreign leaders: after his businesses in Turkey were threatened as a result of his call for a ban on Muslims entering the USA, he stood up for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's firing of 100,000 public servants and shuttering of 129 news agencies, rescuing his business interests in the process

The Times goes on to report, in detail on Trump's political and business conflicts in Brazil, India, Turkey, The Philippines, Ireland, Scotland, and around the world -- including filing a trademark on "The American Idea," among other trademarks, that (according to the application), Trump will use to link his global holdings to the office of the US President.

http://boingboing.net/2016/11/27/nyt-publishes-damning-deep-lo.html

The aggregator also suggests that this story is why The Orange Yellow One has been attempting to create varioud Twitter outrages. I've also suggested that the continuing rift Kellyanne Conway revealed between Trump and Mitt Romney, whose meeting seems to me to have likely been far less than cordial. My suspicion is that Romney gave some hint of the knives already drawn against Trump. Another correspondent has observed that, after some initial muttering, the House GOP caucus voted unanimously for Paul Ryan. One message there is that the House stands united behind its leader in the face of a Trump administration.

My sense with the political news of late has been that it's concealed far more than it's been revealing, and that there are a great many back-room deals, assessments, and alliances being made, with considerable uncertainty on all sides as to which way things will ultimately settle. The lack of enthusiastic support or defense of Trump particularly from Congressional Republicans is also notable. This game has not yet been settled.


h/t +Noble for the tweet/obscured story connection.

(NB: I remain unable to copy/paste text from NY Times web pages on Android. This may be intended as a content protection scheme by the Times, but the net result is that I'm far less likely to reference their material as it is so much more difficult to provide grounding context, at least from Mobile. I really wish that stupidity such as this would cease. I've written the Times previously on the matter, without a satisfactory resolution.)



http://www.nytimes.com/2016/11/26/us/politics/donald-trump-international-business.html?_r=0___

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2016-11-28 01:34:41 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 21 +1s; )Open 

"Unfortunately, the playback looked something more like my roasted cauliflower’s sex tape."

Door closed, the oven knows it’s salmon. I press "salmon," and the June glows like a space heater, convection fans whirring. In precisely 10 minutes and 38 seconds my salmon will be done, the screen claims. Which seems way too fast, but what do I know? But 10 minutes becomes 20, and 20 fades into 40. It's almost seven, and still the timer's ETA is jumping around. This was all a replay of the night before, when our steak was cooking, and the June was texting messages like "NOTIFICATION_ETA_PESSIMISTIC"___"Unfortunately, the playback looked something more like my roasted cauliflower’s sex tape."

2016-11-28 00:11:02 (21 comments; 0 reshares; 36 +1s; )Open 

I don't think it's a good sign when you're talking to your wife on the phone and you hear her walk into the other room and then, "Holy mother of god! I have to call you back," and hangs up.

I don't think it's a good sign when you're talking to your wife on the phone and you hear her walk into the other room and then, "Holy mother of god! I have to call you back," and hangs up.___

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2016-11-27 23:46:59 (2 comments; 0 reshares; 5 +1s; )Open 

Star Trek Next Generation theme--metal version.

So...fucking...metal!!!___Star Trek Next Generation theme--metal version.

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2016-11-27 18:44:58 (4 comments; 10 reshares; 19 +1s; )Open 

The non-western books that every student should read

h/t +Mollie Pepper 

The non-western books that every student should read

h/t +Mollie Pepper ___

2016-11-27 17:33:41 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 12 +1s; )Open 

An angry article - and one that resonates with my own feeling - from a professor of Constitutional law...

An angry article - and one that resonates with my own feeling - from a professor of Constitutional law...___

2016-11-27 17:28:43 (10 comments; 1 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Did they drop the belladonna while they were waving it over the water?

Homeopathic products were recalled after a manufacturing or packaging error resulted in them actually having some of the active ingredient in them.___Did they drop the belladonna while they were waving it over the water?

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2016-11-27 13:27:35 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 15 +1s; )Open 

Today I Learned...Tawdry Used To Mean The Opposite

So whenever I'm in any historical place and I see a woman featured, I snap a picture (if I'm able/allowed) with the intention of sending the pic to +Self-Rescuing Princess Society later.

Yesterday we were in St. Giles church in Cambridge for a Christmas event and there was a stained glass window of someone named St. Etheldreda. I looked her up and this is her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86thelthryth Basically she was a princess/queen who tried to stay a virgin (and may have done so) and promoted modesty, to the point that a type of modesty lace was named for her.

The common version of Æthelthryth's name was St. Audrey, which is the origin of the word tawdry, which derived from the fact that her admirers bought modestly concealing lace goods at an annual fair held in her name in Ely. By the1... more »

Today I Learned...Tawdry Used To Mean The Opposite

So whenever I'm in any historical place and I see a woman featured, I snap a picture (if I'm able/allowed) with the intention of sending the pic to +Self-Rescuing Princess Society later.

Yesterday we were in St. Giles church in Cambridge for a Christmas event and there was a stained glass window of someone named St. Etheldreda. I looked her up and this is her: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/%C3%86thelthryth Basically she was a princess/queen who tried to stay a virgin (and may have done so) and promoted modesty, to the point that a type of modesty lace was named for her.

The common version of Æthelthryth's name was St. Audrey, which is the origin of the word tawdry, which derived from the fact that her admirers bought modestly concealing lace goods at an annual fair held in her name in Ely. By the 17th century, this lacework had become seen as old-fashioned, or cheap and of poor quality, at a time when the Puritans of eastern England looked down on any form of lacy dressiness.

And so... https://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/tawdry

The lace necklaces sold to pilgrims to Saint Audrey fell out of fashion in the 17th century, and so tawdry was reinterpreted as meaning cheap or vulgar.

So there you have it. When you call something tawdry, you're not only probably being judgey about someone's personal appearance choices, but you're invoking Puritanical fashion rebranding and possibly even slighting a woman who was forced to marry for political reasons but didn't want to have sex and should have been allowed to make that choice for herself.

Let's all make an effort to let other people be themselves and wear what they want to wear and not put our own choices on others!

(And yes that means if St. Audrey was judging others for their modesty or lack thereof, that was also not cool.)

#TIL   #beyourself   #letothersbethemselves  ___

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2016-11-27 05:26:19 (0 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

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2016-11-27 05:24:54 (6 comments; 2 reshares; 13 +1s; )Open 

Well that's an interesting example of evolution. Probably too slow though.

Serves the goddamn motherfucking poachers right. I hope this ivory trade fucking collapses before the species does.

About 144,000 elephants were killed between 2007 and 2014, leaving the species at risk of extinction in some areas. Meanwhile those African elephant populations that do survive could become virtually tuskless, like their Asian cousins, researchers have warned.

Joyce Poole is head of the charity Elephant Voices and has been tracking developments in the species for more than 30 years. She told The Times she had seen a direct correlation between the intensity of poaching and the percentage of females born without tusks in some of the herds she monitored.___Well that's an interesting example of evolution. Probably too slow though.

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2016-11-27 04:26:04 (0 comments; 0 reshares; 10 +1s; )Open 

Walk in the berry fields.

Walk in the berry fields.___

2016-11-27 04:09:59 (7 comments; 0 reshares; 3 +1s; )Open 

I'll be hanging out at Diesel in Somerville most of this Tuesday if anyone wants to drop by. Some of Monday as well. Drop me a note if you're thinking of coming by.

+Fish N

I'll be hanging out at Diesel in Somerville most of this Tuesday if anyone wants to drop by. Some of Monday as well. Drop me a note if you're thinking of coming by.

+Fish N___

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2016-11-27 03:57:48 (2 comments; 2 reshares; 11 +1s; )Open 

the slow motion of how dog drinks water!

the slow motion of how dog drinks water!___

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