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Far better day today than I feared.
The county executives of Montgomery and Prince George's Counties met with Maryland governor Larry Hogan to make another pitch for the Purple Line. A decision from the governor on whether to build t
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Neat article that gives me more of a feel for the series, even as someone that hasn't actually played Pokemon.
Pokemon games offer straightforward narratives in a consistent structure: You are a boy or girl that hikes from town to town competing to win badges and you somehow always end up taking down a...
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Interesting, do tenses play a role in universal grammar or are they a higher level language feature?
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+Greg Sanders This is, as with many of your questions, more complicated a question than you'd probably first think! I think the easiest way to address this would be to say that tense is indeed universal (and thus leaving aside people like the Hopi in the Whorfian view, that we talked about a few episodes ago in the one about linguistic determinism). But just because tense is universal doesn't mean that it's the same in every language. Different languages will mark for perfect vs. imperfect (so if an action is completed or not), habitual, near vs. far future or past, etc. But there should be some form of tense there. Hope this helps! ^_^
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This Monday is transit night in Annapolis. Purple Line Now, Red Line Now, and a range of allies are going to the state capital to let our legislators know that our support is still strong and to talk over any remaining questions they may have. If you're interested, sign up to join us, you can aim for a 5 pm arrival or later as your schedule allows:  http://ow.ly/IPhvZ There's still carpool spots: http://www.groupcarpool.com/t/y32n0u

If you'd like to support but can't make it, there will be opportunities by social media.
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Heads up about the discount and a few ways you might want to apply it.
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The 90 day delay is concerning, particularly given that the administration hasn't yet committed to building the line.
Construction of the Purple Line in Montgomery and Prince George's counties is supposed to start by the end of the year, but another delay has supporters questioning the light rail system's future in M
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I've mostly been sticking to twitter for comments, but thought this was worth broader sharing. I don't think the choice to pre-emptively disrupt one of the main transportation hubs for students going home from school should be treated as a the sole source here. But as someone that actively follows transportation and that is rooting for the Baltimore Redline, I think it's worth remembering that transportation has a real role here. I'd actually first seen this angle from +Josh Fruhlinger who noted that with the shift away from zipcode based school assignments in Baltimore, students are highly reliant on the mass transit network.
Baltimore teachers and parents tell a different story from the one you've been reading in the media.
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"The defense of this kind of aggressive enforcement of overparenting norms is as obvious as it is wrong: the notion that we live in a new world, a fallen world, one which is filled with far more dangers for children than the one I grew up in during the 80s and 90s. This notion is simply, factually false. As with all violent crime, violent crime against children has declined precipitously in the last several decades. The Crimes Against Children Research Center reports that in the period from 1990 to 2007, child sexual abuse declined 53%, physical abuse 52%, aggravated assault 69%, simple assault 59%, on and on. (Now, as in the past, children face vastly greater threat from their own parents than they do from strangers.) Add to this reduction in violent crime the remarkable advances in medical care of the last several decades, and across all causes, the mortality rate for American children dropped from over 140 out of every 100,000 in 1935 to under 30 by 2007. American children are safer now than they have ever been."
When my father got sick, the insurance company sent him to Los Angeles. He was on the organ donor list and I guess the hospital there was better, or cheaper, even though living in Connecticut, we d...
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The (social) enforcement aspect of it is the kicker.  My wife and I will get disapproving looks from other parents when we so much as let our 5-year-old pick himself off the ground after falling during play.  Alongside our awareness of how more serious displays of independence and toughness are now treated by our neighbors we find ourselves frequently discussing how close to the line we are comfortable walking.

We don't want to coddle our children, but we don't want somebody else to get the state involved in our family life on account of imagined negligence.
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In learning about how words shift meaning over time, I was fascinated to discover that weakening was common (awesome and fantastic are used as examples) but that strengthening really wasn't (although I can think of rare exceptions like decimated). The mechanism for this, hyperbole, seems straightforward. But I'd guess it also means that we do slowly lose some of our more intense terms over time. I guess we're reliant on neologisms, words from other languages, and less commonly used terms if we want to say something that has been diluted by exaggeration.
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+Greg Sanders Thanks for the comment, and good to see you here again! You're right that we've lost a bunch of terms over time to weakening, and without strengthening being a thing, we have to shift other things around. And you correctly note a couple of these: think like borrowing "uber" from German, for example. Or the multitude of slangy ways you can say something is great, depending on your dialect - maybe you can say it is wicked, or sick, etc. But yeah, we do have to promote other words to be as superlative once we've worn the ones we had down. But we manage to make it work. ^_^
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Thomson gets it right here. I'm certainly not a fan of all of these projects, but there's also times to change them. Asking Gov. Hogan to see through a project he's not the biggest fan of isn't unusual in the slightest, it's the norm. As Thomson says, momentum alone shouldn't be enough, but the Purple Line is the top transportation priority of both counties and has wide-based business support, not to mentioning being one of the country's top projects according to the Sierra Club.
Big highway and transit projects are always controversial, always over budget and always built.
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Great video from students at my high school on the Purple Line.
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Nice seeing support from Frederick.
“My priority is building roads.” That’s what Larry Hogan had to say when Washington Post columnist Robert McCartney asked the incoming governor about his commitment to building the Purple Line. A 16-mile light-rail line, it’s sort of a transit equivalent to the Intercounty Connector, providing an east-west link from Bethesda in Montgomery County to New Carrollton in Prince George’s County as well as Silver Spring, Takoma Park, College Park and Me...
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  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Computer Science, 1998 - 2002
  • University of Maryland, College Park
    Government and Politics, 1998 - 2002
  • University of Denver
    International Studies, 2004 - 2006
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