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Since I'm so utterly uninterested in candidate bashing right now, I've been collecting what I think is most interesting about this election campaign instead.

It's quite a range of stuff. I add to it fairly regularly.
According to Tribe, constitutional originalism defines "natural born" very narrowly, in a way that would exclude Cruz. By extension, Tribe argued in the Boston Globe, any judges Cruz would appoint to the federal bench as president would invalidate his own presidency.
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So right ! And at the moment it's dystopic... (or dystopian...) but that's where funding for local party groups comes in...

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I suppose this could be called truth in advertising?

Speaking before a colorful backdrop of crushed aluminum cans, Trump pitched himself at a factory in Rust Belt Pennsylvania as a change agent who would bring back manufacturing jobs and end the "rigged system," which he argued presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton represents.

(Video at article; see PA speech here <>)

(See also, courtesy +Susan Stone, <>)
Donald Trump, whose campaign has homed in on the decline of American manufacturing, will deliver a prepared economy policy speech on Tuesday in Pennsylvania.
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Possibly, but that still wouldn't do what populists are currently lying to voters about; large volumes of manufacturing jobs are never coming back to first world countries. If manufacturing does come back here, it'll be either hyper-automated factories (for high volume goods) or less automated, but still low employment factories for high-end low volume niche products. Nobody can turn the clock back to 1955 and give everyone with a high school education a high-paying factory job.

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Why do I have this sudden vision of the EU dropping English, only to put it back a few years later when Scotland is admitted and presumably requests their notify language as English. (Or are there enough Scots Gaelic speakers they'd ask for that? My impression is no, but I am not Scots...)
The language of Shakespeare may be kicked out of the halls of Brussels.
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you're right jasper, it was a decent turnout. i was wrong but my checking says it was a turnout of 72% not 80. i was thinking of the lower turnout of the young in some areas i'm sorry.

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+God Emperor Lionel Lauer My comments don't make that assumption either. The very richest benefit even from substantial violence and chaos.

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If I roll my eyes any further they're gonna get stuck. Fox are fucking stupid.

CADDELL: But somebody didn’t do [inaudible] because it makes a difference. So anyway, I’m not saying -- I don't mean to be sexist.

Of cooooouuuuuuurse you don't, sweetie. Of course not.

<rolls eyes again>. Whaddya think? 70? 75? Give him a few b/c he managed to tie on a tie, or assume someone else dressed him?
From the June 27 edition of Fox News' Your World with Neil Cavuto:
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I can't plus this. I need an angry button.

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Hrm. Whether or not we push for a two state solution in Israel I think is immaterial. The truth is in the end the region will reach some sort of "solution" (whatever it might be) independently of us. (If we had the influence we think we do, this would have been resolved decades ago.)

But I strongly disagree with condemning BDS. Why was it okay to boycott South Africa but it isn't okay now to call for boycotting Israel? We have every right to call for and support BDS policies. The federal government might have its own position on that, but in terms of actually stopping it? No. NY's actions were completely out of the pale. IMO, the Dem platform should stay away from language one way or the other on BDS.

The Democratic platform for the first time condemns the BDS movement.

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I was waiting for a bit more info, even though I knew it was mostly going to be "oh shit"...

It's apparently not yet clear who did this or why, exactly. Several theories are offered here.

Officials reported that as many as three suicide bombers struck at Ataturk airport, and that the police fired on suspects in an effort to stop them.
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Well fuck 

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Oh, Canada. You went as sensible as quickly as we & the UK went nuts. I think that means there's hope?

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Tuesday that his nation will drop its visa requirement for Mexican citizens, effective Dec. 1.
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+Jim Douglas At the same time parliamentary systems can get a little crazy if theres' too many feeding at the table. Seems like every system has its strengths and weaknesses...

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My Sanders supporter friends have told me, over the last two months, that their candidate has to hold out to secure the best platform when the party gets to Philadelphia. That may have been true until the last week. But I think Sanders risks weakening his negotiating position by delaying to endorse Clinton, while insisting she and the party accept his every campaign plank, including a single-payer health-care system, a fracking ban, and an aggressive promise by Democrats not to vote for the Trans-Pacific Partnership. (Clinton, like Sanders, opposes the TPP, as do the majority of the DNC platform committee. But the committee voted not to demand a no vote on the trade deal, in order to avoid embarrassing Obama, who is still pushing Congress to approve the TPP.)

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Or, in other words, power corrupts.

Now, let me say that I am hesitant to even write this dissenting view. And I want to make it clear that many of those I know in Silicon Valley are thoughtful, intelligent, interesting people. But this is their blind spot. They have funded or built massive institutions of social change without much scrutiny, and now that the scrutiny is coming they don’t know how to handle it. Paul Graham, a partner at Andreessen Horowitz, unfollowed me after I tweeted in support of Gawker. A single email from any of these guys could torpedo my next round of funding. I have more to lose than to gain by putting my name on this.
The next ValleyWag will be more like Wikileaks than Gawker, and perhaps even published on the dark web.

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Voter reform, in making it much easier for certain groups to vote, would also be helpful. One problem with targeting millennials is that their voting rate is terrible. There's multiple factors for that, some of which can't be helped, probably, but making it easier to register to vote, making it much more easy for students to vote, and increasing the available hours to vote would all go a long way, I think.

In any case, some of the elements here including loan forgiveness and tech startups seem like good starts. I'd like to see something more comprehensive addressing student debt, though.

Student loan deals and incentives for start-ups in poor neighborhoods are among her tech proposals
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+peter k, I'd advocate for making election day a Saturday or Sunday (in Australia, it's always on a Saturday.) For those who have to work on Saturday, open early and close late; for those who can't make it in even with the extended hours (or for whom Saturday is a religious day of observance, and hence voting is forbidden, such as ultra-orthodox Jews), make early polling stations available in a broad region.

The solutions are there - the USA just needs the political will to implement them, rather than actively working to disenfranchise large groups.

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Interesting perspective on the Democratic Party platform draft:

Over the weekend, Democrats on the convention’s Platform Drafting Committee announced a series of compromises that represent meaningful, serious concessions to Sanders. Dave Weigel has a good rundown: The draft language (which has not been released in full) includes a general commitment to the idea of a $15-per-hour minimum wage, a compromise commitment to some sort of “updated” Glass Steagall financial regulation and to breaking up too-big-to-fail institutions; and a full-throated commitment to ending the era of mass incarcerations. It also includes a multimillionaire surtax and support for the principle that universal health care should be a right.

On top of all that, the draft includes a commitment to expanding Social Security benefits. And that is not a small thing. The idea of expanding Social Security was long dismissed as a fringe proposal even among many Democrats until only recently. That it is now in the platform shows that Sanders’ campaign and economic worldview has had a real impact on party doctrine and priorities.

True, Sanders did not get everything he wanted. As Sanders said in a statement, the Platform Drafting Committee, which contains five representatives for Sanders, six for Clinton, and four for the DNC, nixed a definitive pledge to support specific legislative language on the $15 minimum wage. It also voted down a proposal to keep the Trans-Pacific Partnership from coming up for a vote in this Congress (though that’s somewhat understandable since such a vote would have bucked President Obama), as well as nixing a carbon tax and a fracking ban.

But four of Sanders’s five representatives on the committee have endorsed the outcome, as Weigel notes. Indeed, one of those representatives, Dem Rep. Keith Ellison, who is one of Sanders’s most prominent backers in Congress, has hailed the compromise for producing “significant accomplishments that move our party firmly towards justice, fairness, and inclusion.” Though Ellison agreed that the outcome was not perfect, he said: “The platform draft is the strongest progressive statement to come from the Democratic Party in years.”
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I can be reached at gmail via the above handle.

I am also the author of the Palindrome Prayer :-) (-:


Instant human: Just add coffee.


The avatar I use, with kind permission, is by Sarah Cloutier, melukilan at deviantart.  You can find the original artwork at her gallery.

I used to write a good deal about being deaf at my Livejournal blog, particularly under the deafhood tag.

"Get ready for a large file transfer." (Agent Coulson, Agents of SHIELD, S1E21)

"I hate it when people don't know the difference between ur and u'r" (@blainecapatch, twitter)

“Dawn take you all, and be stone to you!” For just at that moment the light came over the hill, and there was a mighty twitter in the branches. William never spoke for he stood turned to stone as he stooped; and Bert and Tom were stuck like rocks as they looked at him. And there they stand to this day, all alone, unless the birds perch on them; for trolls, as you probably know, must be underground before dawn, or they go back to the stuff of the mountains they are made of, and never move again. (“The Hobbit,” J.R.R. Tolkien)

But I'll never be convinced to except except for accept, accept I get a really good explanation. (Me)

Most people don't even know what sysadmins do, but trust me, if they all took a lunch break at the same time they wouldn't make it to the deli before you ran out of bullets protecting your canned goods from roving bands of mutants. (Peter Welch, Programming Sucks)

Life has got a habit of not standing hitched. You got to ride it like you find it. You got to change with it. If a day goes by that don't change some of your old notions for new ones, that is just about like trying to milk a dead cow.  (Woody Guthrie)

California scent with a hint of sanity.
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Farpotshket (yiddish): Something that is all fouled up, especially as the result of attempts to fix it; repeatedly making something worse while trying to fix it.

"I know CNN has taken some knocks lately, but the fact is I admire their commitment to cover all sides of a story, just in case one of them happens to be accurate." (Barack Obama, April 2013)

"And on the third day, the skies darkened, and a swarm of assholes descended from the clouds; and not a person could withstand them, but they were covered in the filth of the Internet."  (+Yonatan Zunger , 13 Apr 2013) 

"I never meant to say that the Conservatives are generally stupid. I meant to say that stupid people are generally Conservative. I believe that is so obviously and universally admitted a principle that I hardly think any gentleman will deny it." (John Stuart Mill, 1866)

"Nature's first green is gold,
Her hardest hue to hold.
Her early leaf's a flower;
But only so an hour.
Then leaf subsides to leaf.
So Eden sank to grief,
So dawn goes down to day.
Nothing gold can stay." (Robert Frost)

"Few things are stronger than
The mind's need for diverse
I am glad
Not many men or women can remain
Faithful lovers to the unreal." (The Gift: Poems by Hafiz the Great Sufi Master)

"wine; talk; touch; unzip; touch; strip; gasp; finger; gasp; mount; fsck; more; yes; gasp; umount; make clean; sleep" (Unix)

They are facing not a theory but a condition, for that they are first, last and all the time the people of the eye. (George Veditz, 1910)

"Most people are prisoners, thinking only about the future or living in the past. They are not in the present, and the present is where everything begins." (Carlos Santana)

"Never underestimate the bandwidth of a station wagon full of tapes hurtling down the highway."  (Andrew S. Tanenbaum)

"I don’t understand people who dislike reading because I think all that free time means they’re up to no good." (frau sally benz on the 'net)

"Solitude is impractical and yet society is fatal." (Ralph Waldo Emerson)

"The price good men pay for indifference to public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." (Plato)

"It always seemed to me a bit pointless to disapprove of homosexuality. It's like disapproving of rain." (Francis Maude)

"If I Said The Sky Was Blue, They Would Say No." (President Obama)

Honi soit qui mal y pense.

“You can easily judge the character of a man by how he treats those who can do nothing for him.” (James D. Miles)

The Oxford philosopher JL Austin once observed in a lecture that in English a double negative implied a positive meaning, whereas no language had been found in which a double positive implied a negative meaning. To which Sidney Morgenbesser responded in a dismissive tone, "Yeah, yeah."

"People who dismiss the unemployed and dependent as 'parasites' fail to understand economics and parasitism. A successful parasite is one that is not recognized by its host, one that can make its host work for it without appearing as a burden. Such is the ruling class in a capitalist society." (Jason Read)

"But that's -- I'm sorry, but that's completely ridiculous! How can I possibly prove it doesn't exist? Do you expect me to get hold of -- of all the pebbles in the world and test them? I mean, you could claim that anything's real if the only basis for believing in it is that nobody's proved it doesn't exist!" (Hermione Granger)

To put it another way: The First Amendment guarantees a right to speech. It does not guarantee a right to respect. (+John Scalzi)

So the darkness shall be the light, and the stillness the dancing. (T. S. Eliot)

A well educated and organized citizenry being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and use the Internet shall not be infringed. (+David Landry)

The truth is that male religious leaders have had -- and still have -- an option to interpret holy teachings either to exalt or subjugate women.  They have, for their own selfish ends, overwhelmingly chosen the latter.  Their continuing choice provides the foundation or justification for much of the pervasive persecution and abuse of women throughout the world.  (Jimmy Carter)

The best-laid schemes o' mice an' men
Gang aft agley
(Robert Burns)

What I like about April Fool’s Day: One day a year we’re asking whether news stories are true. It should be all 365. (Prentiss Riddle, April 1, 2008 @pzriddle)

He who receives an idea from me, receives instruction himself without lessening mine; as he who lights his taper at mine, receives light without darkening me. (Thomas Jefferson)

Coffee is the best thing to douse the sunrise with.  (Drew Sirtors)

In the midst of winter, I found there was, within me, an invincible summer. (Albert Camus)

I am the light that shines over all things. I am everything. From me all came forth, and to me all return. Split a piece of wood, and I am there. Lift a stone, and you will find me there. (Gospel of Thomas)

Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one’s lifetime.  (Mark Twain)
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