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"[S]omebody leaked an early draft of Instrumental...and a month later, I and my publishers were hit with the threat of an injunction – brought on behalf of my son (who knew nothing about any of this) by my ex-wife, on the basis that he would suffer emotional distress and psychological harm were he to be exposed to the contents of the book...It was made clear that my past history of sexual abuse and mental illness was so abhorrent, shameful and “toxic” (their word) that it should never be talked about except privately with close friends; and that, as far as the world at large was concerned, my past should in effect cease to exist."
When paedophiles say to their victims, as they all do in one form or another, “If you ever speak about this, unimaginably bad things will happen to you”, what they are doing is perhaps on one level even worse than the physical act of abuse itself. They are manipulating their victims into being complicit in the abuse. Forcing the victim to take responsibility for protecting the abuser means that every time you smile, shake hands, speak with and ac...
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"Shy girl has a crush on shy boy.Shy boy has a crush on shy girl.Neither of them say anything.They both do a lot of homework.#VeryRealisticYA"

"Girl gets a note reading "I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER".  She's relieved someone is finally reading her tumblr.  #VeryRealisticYA"
The best of the #VeryRealisticYA hashtag!
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Hooray!

Also, Nebraska, your governor is a terrible human being: "The vote margin in the unicameral Legislature was more than enough to override a promised veto from Republican Gov. Pete Ricketts, a staunch supporter of [killing people]."
LINCOLN, Neb. (AP) — Nebraska lawmakers gave final approval on Wednesday to a bill abolishing the death penalty that would make it the first conservative state to do so since 1973 if the measure becomes law.
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"India possesses 106 enclaves of territory inside the Bangladeshi mainland. Bangladesh has 92 little pockets inside India. Most of these are ridiculously small and their total area is a little above 100 square kilometres. The smallest enclave, Upan Chowki Bhaini is all of 53 square metres – about the size of an average Mumbai flat.

It gets more complex: of these, 24 are counter-enclaves."
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Florida: where killing unarmed teenagers is fine, but sex on a beach lands you 15 years in prison.

"Both...will now have to register as sex offenders....The state will ask for jail time for Alvarez and prison time for Caballero. Dafonseca said due to Caballero being out of prison less than three years before committing another felony, he's looking at serving the maximum time of 15 years."
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It's good to see that my strict policy of never, ever reading the New York Times continues to pay dividends.

"The Times can’t simply write a lifestyle story about Jeb’s diet and exercise and leave it at that, though. It has to throw in the political dimension, and it does so in spectacular fashion:

>>The rigid abstemiousness runs the risk of putting him at a dietary distance from an American electorate that still binges on carbohydrates and, after eight years of a tea-sipping president, craves a relatable eater-in-chief.<<"
The New York Times is very concerned that newly skinny Jeb Bush will be unable to relate to Fat America
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Before sharing a few thoughts of my own, let me just tell you there's a fascinating TPM Reader email below on what led to the news today out of Nebraska. It's really must read. I mentioned earlier this afternoon that Nebraska's unicameral legislature today passed a bill abolishing the state's death penalty. Technically, it's not law yet. The governor says he'll veto it. But the vote margin is more than enough to sustain a veto. So it seems next ...
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All it does is make a easier decision for someone to kill. If there is no chance of getting death as a penalty, why not let the tax payers of Nebraska house, feed, cloth all them for the rest of their meaningless lives. In most cases your talking decades. And me being a tax payer I think it's BULl. I believe you should get what you gave. It should match the crime. 
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Some days, Mona Lee, 20, starts work at McDonald’s in Kansas City, Missouri, at 6 a.m., ends her shift at 1 p.m., and then immediately starts another shift at Sonic, which ends at 8 p.m. But since both jobs pay just $7.25 an hour, she still often doesn’t earn enough...
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Reminder: if you vote for Republicans, you vote to destroy the planet.
G.O.P. leaders Mitch McConnell and John Boehner are among the Republicans who have used a version of the “I’m not a scientist” disclaimer. Credit PHOTOGRAPH BY BILL CLARK/GETTY
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Katmandu was an intensely ornate city that is easily damaged. The carvings, details, public spaces were glorious. My heart goes out to its citizens who suffer with their city. As you can see from these images I took in 1976, the medieval town has been delicate for decades. Loosely stacked bricks are everywhere. One can also see what splendid art has been lost. Not all has been destroyed, and I am sure the Nepalis will rebuild as they have in the past. Still, the earthquake shook more than just buildings. 

If you look carefully you may notice something unusual about these photos. They show no cars, pedicabs, or even bicycles. At the time I took these images, Katmandu was an entirely pedestrian city. Everyone walked everywhere. Part of why I loved it. That has not been true for decades, so this is something else that was lost long ago. Also missing back then was signage. There are few signs for stores, or the typical wordage you would see in any urban landscape today. Katmandu today is much more modern, much more livable, or at least it was. 

Blessings on you, Katmandu!
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Dear Lazy+, I thoroughly enjoyed Barbara Tuchman's "The Guns of August", but it covers only the first month of the war. Does anyone know of a book that does a comparable job of explaining the rest of World War I?
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FWIW, I recently bought "The First World War", by John Keegan, on recommendations. I haven't read it yet, though.
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