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Just donated to 'Veteran call-a-day suicide guard.'. Give $1. Change a lot. https://onetoday.google.com/p/h7i6vSto
Did you know? Every 60min a United States Veteran takes their own life.
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July 21,1925 –In TN, high school teacher John T. Scopes is found guilty of teaching evolution in class & fined $100
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Syrian artist Khalid Akil put together what Pokemon Go AR photos might look like in his country. 
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I never minded being called a troll, because I only ever did it to go after people like Milo who tried to hurt my friends. I knew what I stood for, and I knew how to mock people with memes, and I knew the most important rule of all (a troll doesn't take this seriously). But there was always a darker troll, one who didn't just throw out wild comments in support of his position, but truly had no position. One that could see which side was more hated, and took that side for the rush.

And now they're professionals.
What my evening with Milo told me about Twitter’s biggest troll, the death of reason, and the crucible of A-list con-men that is the…
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I'm going to really miss having people I respect in the White House. I mean, seriously, you might totally disagree with the Obamas, but at least you feel like you can talk to them without having to explain that Game of Thrones is a TV show or that Twitter is more than a way to attack your opponent. 
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Is it bad that, from a psychological viewpoint, this makes perfect sense to me?
There was an Army Medical Corps study of battle fatigue in the ETO which supposedly identified the largest cause of "battle failure" being the fear of killing - NOT the fear of being killed. The second largest cause was fear of failing comrades in battle.
Deep down, mentally healthy human beings don't like to kill people, but when you are put in a situation that you see as an armed confrontation, you don't just see it as "them or me" you see it as "me and my partner and them". It's worse to think your partner's widow, or your own grieving spouse, than it is to think of killing someone else. We tell them time and time again to "just come home safe".
However, once the twelve-year-old boy with a plastic toy is lying on the ground and you're completely aware of the situation, the mind rebels. You're a killer now. You were vastly over-armed, and you acted without knowing the whole situation, and you can never undo that.
At that moment, the last thing the brain wants to do is show empathy. Empathy would only make the pain worse. What the brain wants to do is pretend it didn't happen. Our minds are built to not think about things that are too painful. If at all possible, we will simply turn and walk away, pretending nothing happened.
But if you can't do that, your brain goes for the next best thing. Projection. Why the hell was that kid out here late at night, or in a bad neighborhood, or pointing a weapon at me? He got what he deserved. They all told me to come home safe. It's their fault. It's everybody else's fault.
And if a family member runs over to the victim, you take their ass down. After all, you are a good person. You are a family man, you give to the church. You are a good goddamned PERSON! If you are a good person and you shot someone, well then, that person had to be a bad person. That's just logic. And if someone else is on the bad person's side, then they must be a bad person too. You need to make sure they don't help the kid on the ground because SHUT UP! JUST EVERYBODY SHUT UP! THIS IS NOT MY FAULT! STOP SHOUTING!
It's a terrible thing and not a thing humans are built to handle. I don't think the police are entirely to blame for the hatred they show for the victims. I honestly don't know if my brain would let me do any different.
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So, I found this "Why should I learn Scala" article, which makes a lot of good points. I'll admit, I'm convinced. My favorite, though, was when they had this example:

SCALA IS TOO COMPLICATED!

// Java
public List<Product>getProducts() {
List<Product> products = new ArrayList<Product>();
for (Order order : order) {
products.addAll(order.getProducts());
}
return products;
}

// Scala
def products = oders.flatMap(o => o.products)

Yes, you do have to understand what you're reading for Scala to look less complicated. Still, if you're comparing languages when you don't know what you're reading, the problem isn't really with the language.

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Y'know how Ben Carson taught us that you can be smart at something without being smart at very many things? I like the occasional reminder that evil geniuses are STILL geniuses.
The Republican Party’s new trade-loving, free-thinking, gay, Christian, antiwar, rich-as-hell, naturalized-citizen, Silicon Valley hero.
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I love this line: "Can mindfulness reconcile personal spirituality and increased capitalist productivity? Or is it a watered-down co-option of an ancient spiritual tradition, repurposed in a corporate context against its own original nature?"

Well. Yes.

The fact that you see those as opposed indicates a certain pre-existing bias in favor of the purity and divinity of spiritualism. Ya might feel a little better if you started letting go of THAT fetish, too.

As corporate mindfulness initiatives continue their fashionable ascent among CEOs and consultants, it’s worth asking: Can a 2,500-year-old…
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I will match $5 of your donation to keep these beautiful, ridiculous creatures alive. How can you not give to this charity? Can you imagine leaving a world for your children that has NO giant squeaker frogs?

(I just love saying "Giant squeaker frogs")
Did you know? The West African Giant Squeaker Frog is one of the world's most endangered frogs: only 13 individuals are known to exist!
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Started with video games, moved to YouTube comedy, now I'm a writer. Let's see what tomorrow holds.
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I use computers to tell stories, whether through video games, YouTube comedies, or sci-fi novels. I've worked with such companies as Microprose, Acclaim, and Firaxis. Currently, I have three novels available from Amazon, and nearly a dozen shows on YouTube.
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