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Cameron Wright
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I disagree with Rand Paul about 99.999999% of everything but this I do agree with.
"Yesterday the Saudi foreign minister chose to lecture me on television about the Khashoggi murder," Paul said on a conference call with reporters. "He said my opinion was based on emotion and speculation and that we should presume innocence for the crown prince. My response to him is that it takes a lot of damn gall for Saudi Arabia, with a dictatorship with 3,000 political prisoners held without trial, to lecture the US on the presumption of innocence."

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/22/politics/rand-paul-saudi-criticism/index.html
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I had heard of this story because of +Yonatan Zunger and one of his posts years ago about this raid.
RIP, Joachim Ronneberg

Ronneberg was the last survivor -- and was the leader -- of the sabotage raid in southern Norway, which was the subject of the 1965 Kirk Douglas action film, The Heroes of Telemark.

General consensus long after the fact is that the Germans were unlikely to have ever developed a nuclear weapon during WWII, despite their scattered programs to try and do so. But if there had been any chance, the destruction of the hydro facility at Rjukan, Telemark, the only place creating sufficient heavy water (deuterium oxide) to support such a project, ended it.

My favorite line from the obit:

After the explosion, the men escaped into neighbouring Sweden by skiing 320km (200 miles) across Telemark - despite being chased by some 3,000 German soldiers.

With a wry smile, Ronneberg described it as "the best skiing weekend I ever had".
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Fascinating story I never would have thought to look at. Or found.
Sears, Roebuck, and the fight against Jim Crow

The world is full of tangled threads. We point to big, showy ones, leaders and laudable causes, landmark legislation and dramatic moments, and figure that's the entire picture needed to see how the world is changed.

But sometimes it's more subtle thing, smaller and even unintentional, that can have a dramatic effect as well. Such as how the Sears catalog inadvertently fought against the economic and social effects of Southern and rural race prejudice, by enabling poor blacks to directly purchase items that the local general store (owned by whites, of course) wouldn't sell them.
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"Just to reconfirm, you're not voting this year." "No sir." "Great."
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So Samsung Health does a fantastic job of identifying when I've gone to sleep and when I wake up. It identified when I "need" to wake up.... But now it's trying to dictate when I should go to sleep. Too far phone, too far
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I wanted this technology for the longest time - until I realized just how much I DON'T say but think.... Or want to say but know about consequences. I'm completely against this (in my mind - oh God I want this fucking thing so I can think whatever and blame the mother fucking cunty ass machines)
Example of why I shouldn't get near that thing
AlterEgo’s tech consists of a white plastic strip that hooks over the ear and extends below the jaw, with an additional attachment placed just under the wearer’s mouth. The strip contains electrodes that pick up neuromuscular signals, which are released when the user thinks of a certain word, silently “saying” it inside his or her head. A machine learning system then interprets the signals and identifies which words the user had in mind—and, amazingly, it does so correctly 92 percent of the time.
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Impeachable offense. GSA, FBI building, Trump. Too bad the GOP are a bunch of people who don't deserve the title of Congress critter or honorable or without the title felon attached to their name
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