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I thought I was having a rough morning.
 
So, I don't like the new logo. I mean, I like the logo and everything -- it's fine -- but the rollout inadvertently terrified me. 

Last night, while I was in the airport on my way to fly home, I discovered that my Google corporate account had been yanked off of my device. Being a chronic paranoid, I immediately thought: oh shit, did I get fired. Then I drove to work.

Driving through the Google campus, I noticed that every building was missing the "Google" sign. It didn't strike me that we were launching a new logo. My working hypothesis? Oh, shit, did +Larry Page and +Sergey Brin just sell everything on EBay and walk off with the money?

Which was confirmed when my badge didn't work for reasons completely unrelated to everything else. So, basically, for a moment, I thought I was (a) possibly delusional about Google ever having existed, and (b) ran through a gauntlet of inexplicable employment terror due to a series of completely unrelated events.
Google recently changed its logo a little. Now they’ve changed it a lot. And it’s actually a heck of a lot better, too. I kinda love it.
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The system is broken.
 
Good news?  and bad news from SSDI

Congratulations, Shava Nerad!  SSDI has decided that yes, you are distinctly medically broken enough to qualify as disabled. Without having any visibly missing parts, the US government has certified you as unable to engage in meaningful work at 56.

The bad news?  Because you really really hoped that you would get better, and would be able to return to your career or some career in some form by working on retraining yourself, and plasticity, and sheer stubbornness, and clung to the idea, and tried to stay home and take care of your mom and slide by on absolute minimal government assistance for years to be the least burden on society -- your eligibility for SSDI ran out in 2011.  Sorry,

You're without a safety net, because you tried to be self-reliant.  Fuck you.  

You have 60 days to appeal.  Good luck.  
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It's not clear there ever was a system. The basics of one, in Social Security and unemployment insurance and Medicare and food support, but nothing comprehensive or universal. 
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The campaign finance reform activist, who’s exploring his own presidential bid, argues that Sanders is “running a campaign to win, not to govern.” Source: Larry Lessig: Bernie Sanders has been “seduced” by consultants, is too focused on winning – Vox I…
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Um. Isn't Bernie's whole campaign platform based on the point that he does, in fact, actually do the work of governing?
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This made me smile.  :)

/via +Matt Mastracci 
 
The spokesman for the Detroit Church of Satan is now my favorite person in the world. The fact that the news media is interviewing him with utter seriousness only makes it funnier.
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+Last Week Tonight with John Oliver is consistently great.  This might be my favourite so far, though.
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I've felt a lot of different emotions this year over the whole buffet of atrocious behaviour on display in the media but, for some reason, this one really gets my goat.  If I were king, this woman would be made an example of and it wouldn't be pretty.  It's a good thing I'm not king.
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Getting a jail sentence might be exactly what she wants at this stage, thereby becoming a martyr and all that.

Probably the best next step would be to give her the option of either paying a fine (heavy, but commensurate with her income), or going to jail.  Then it would be up to her.
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"There are two novels that can change a bookish fourteen-year old's life: The Lord of the Rings and Atlas Shrugged. One is a childish fantasy that often engenders a lifelong obsession with its unbelievable heroes, leading to an emotionally stunted, socially crippled adulthood, unable to deal with the real world. The other, of course, involves orcs." - Anonymous from Facebook
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I love it that the government at the same time is supposed to run vast conspiracies, and is incapable of hiding a single e-mail server. 

Oh. I got it. They're quantum Illuminati.
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Me.  All the time.
 
A new comic about reminders. 
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