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"Today, Davis is not only a musician, he is a person who befriends KKK members and, as a result, collects the robes and hoods of Klansmen who choose to leave the organization because of their friendship with him."

There is food for thought in this article, about "Othering" our enemies and what happens when we don't. The topic isn't straightforward, but this article is very interesting: 
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"Where is Paul McGann’s Doctor Who Spin-Off? | Tor.com" http://feedly.com/k/HTaKvx

Because really. I would love some between-seasons eps with Eight SO HARD.
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Mesopotamia
1917
Rudyard Kipling

THEY shall not return to us, the resolute, the young
The eager and whole-hearted whom we gave:
But the men who left them thriftily to die in their own dung,
Shall they come with years and honour to the grave?
They shall not return to us, the strong men coldly slain
In sight of help denied from day to day:
But the men who edged their agonies and chid them in their pain,
Are they too strong and wise to put away?

Our dead shall not return to us while Day and Night divide—
Never while the bars of sunset hold.
But the idle-minded overlings who quibbled while they died,
Shall they thrust for high employments as of old?

Shall we only threaten and be angry for an hour?
When the storm is ended shall we find
How softly but how swiftly they have sidled back to power
By the favour and contrivance of their kind?

Even while they soothe us, while they promise large amends,
Even while they make a show of fear,
Do they call upon their debtors, and take council with their friends,
To confirm and re-establish each career?

Their lives cannot repay us—their death could not undo—
The shame that they have laid upon our race.
But the slothfulness that wasted and the arrogance that slew,
Shall we leave it unabated in its place?
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Dammit, political leaders that name cities after themselves are really hard to find stock images for.
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>Right now I'm attempting to use Plus again a bit more, since FB is increasingly pissing me off.
Yeah. Me too - I really don't like the anarchaotic new look.
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I have had a soft spot for Magritte since I watched Toys as a kid, and later got the references from the music video.
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I was just wondering tonight at a party whether Australians were more into Doctor Who than the Brits, the way that apparently we're more into the Goodies. (God bless the ABC.) I like the Australian connections mentioned in the article.
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Such a good point!
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What happened to 'Will it get a laugh"? 
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Anyone else reminded of #Transmetropolitan? #OWS
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Another reason why Amazon is a list-making site for me, not somewhere I buy goods:
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I like to fact check stories. It's kind of a thing with me.

A few days ago, a newspaper in Pennsylvania reported that Amazon was forcing employees to work to the point of collapse in high heat, and that an emergency room doctor had to notify OSHA. http://goo.gl/RtNAM

Amazon's PR department got out and said:

I. 'the health and safety of our workers is our first priority'
II. '"On June 3, 2011, the Lehigh Valley area experienced unusual, extremely high temperatures...' http://goo.gl/4nH2v
III. 'July 2011 was a highly unusual month and set records for the hottest temperatures during any single calendar month in cities across the East Coast.' http://goo.gl/kwuNE (I also got this response from Amazon customer service)

Well, I can't check the first, but I can check the second and third claims.

When I read the Amazon story, one thing that came up again and again was that Amazon kept their loading dock doors closed during the summer.

Indoor loading docks, especially ones in warehouses, become ovens on hot days. I know – I used to unload trucks on an indoor dock in New England in the summer. Summers in southern New England and Pennsylvania are hot and humid (and I'm grateful to not have to endure them anymore!)

There are two ways to keep the heat down on a loading dock in summer. One's expensive, and one's cheap. The expensive solution? 1) install insulation and a massive AC system. The cheap one? 2) open the garage doors so you have ventilation.

For an example of (1), check out any CostCo in California. Go inside and look up at the ceiling. You'll see white padded insulation up high - everywhere. You'll also see massive air conditioning units, the big grey ducts that hang down. CostCo doesn't get hot unless something's broken. CostCo runs a warehouse right.

Now, perhaps Amazon didn't have (1) sufficient AC and insulation - it seems that way - but the place where I think they really messed up is that they didn't (2) open the dock doors.

Back to fact checking: Amazon's two claims above are:

1) June 3 was unusually hot.

2) July was record setting 'across New England.'

None of the news articles fact checked what the weather was like at the warehouse on those time periods, apparently.

So I did.

The warehouse is in Lehigh Valley / Allentown, Pennsylvania.

On June 3, the high temperature was 75º F http://goo.gl/RxJRj (Weather Underground) [update: NOAA says 77ºF at the airport nearby http://imgur.com/zEAUt ]

For the month of July, not a single day in Allentown set a record. July 1 was 82F, 16º below the record. http://goo.gl/qWMml

So was July 2. It reached 87F that day, 15º below the record. http://goo.gl/ly4An

In fact, you can see on the monthly graph for July that only two days broke 95F. But let's look at a sample of days from the rest of July:

July 7: http://goo.gl/FcUKt :10 degrees below record
July 14: http://goo.gl/EjuoF : 16 degrees below record
July 21: http://goo.gl/QMcOm : the hottest day in July 2011, 98ºF, 3 degrees below record

Looking further, every day of the month was below record, and of the five days I looked at, four were 10 or more degrees below.

Amazon is then falsely claiming record high temperatures - acts of god - are the issue. So it's then the building and its management that's left.

I cannot fact check that their warehouse design and operating practices led directly to the heat collapse of their employees, but that's how I'd bet.


[Originally shared with friends, reposted public by request. Added cites and made minor corrections to quotes. Made simple improvements to the prose]
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