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Neat article.  It ends with "If this proposed amendment had been ratified, we would now have way over 5,000 members in the House of Representatives.  The current 435 members seems like plenty to me."

I wonder if that's such a bad idea.  Might be harder to gerrymander the districts if each one averaged 64,000ish people instead of 730,000ish people.
 
Everyone likes to complain about the government ...

... but it seems like hardly anyone wants to do anything about it. But Gregory Watson saw something wrong and made a difference.

Imagine if more folks participated in their government.
"Hey, look at that," I said to myself, which was unnecessary since I was already looking at it.  We were in the rotunda of the National Archives in Washington, D.C., examining the Declaration of In...
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The Vox piece below contains a number of graphs worth noting. The one displayed shows the number of Democratic votes it took to elect a House member for each Republican vote required. What this shows is that some states are very good at grouping Democrats into congressional districts so that in those districts most voters are Democratic whereas in the districts in which Republicans win the Republican wins by a smaller margin. This, of course, is grossly undemocratic  at the national level in that the House has far more Republicans than there are Republican voters. On the other hand, this is a somewhat dangerous game for Republicans. It means that a smaller change in middle voters will move a district from Republican to Democratic.

Many of the other charts are also worth looking at.
These charts should worry both Republicans and Democrats.
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As +Kimberly Chapman said, "Good.  Discrimination should be met with economic isolation."  I wholeheartedly agree.  Fuck 'em.
 
Wow.

This morning, Republican Governor Mike Pence signed the controversial bill into law, despite vocal objections from Salesforce, along with Gen Con, a $50 million annual gaming convention, Fortune 500 member Cummins, Eskenazi Health, Eli Lilly and Co., George Takei, Pat McAfee, Jason Collins, the mayor of Indianapolis, and the State of Indiana's tourism board, among many others.

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The CEO of major U.S. corporation is following through on his warning to the State of Indiana to not pass a discriminatory "religious freedom" bill.
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Wow.

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Do you have any idea how pathetic this situation really is?
"As they were cleaning out his apartment, you happened to come by with some of your friends to show them the building. It was then that I told you of his suicide and how he was on disability and had no place else to go. In response, you simply said, “Oh, there’s lots of places for people on disability to go.”
Yet a 2012 report of rents nationwide released by the Consortium for Citizens With Disabilities found that rent for a studio apartment consumes on average 90 percent of the income of a person on disability. “Nowhere in the United States can people with disabilities receiving SSI find a safe, decent place to live,” Kevin Martone, executive director of the Technical Assistance Collaborative, concluded."
 The Beachwood Apartments in West Seattle. Photo by Kyu Han Dear Landlord, Last week they took Bill’s body away. You never knew him. He’d lived
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I think the metaphor for privilege presented in the blog post is a little bit too simplified to be stretched very far, but I think you could develop the metaphor to be richer and then stretch the richer version quite far.
 
Gregory Sean:

If we look at life as an optimization problem, what privilege does is to remove one or more dimensions from the space in which people must optimize in order to succeed.

The impact on people who don’t have the benefit of privilege is simple. They have a harder time solving life’s optimization problem.

As obvious as this seems, it is counterintuitive to people who are privileged. They are solving the optimization problem where privilege isn’t a variable. It doesn’t even exist.

It is like human beings trying to understand what it would be like to move around in a 4 dimensional physical space. Having never experienced 4 dimensions, we have no way to truly imagine it. We can conceptualize it using mathematical abstractions and figure out some of the properties of a 4 dimensional space. But this is hard and few people do it.

People who are privileged—particularly smart, successful people who have done a great job solving life’s optimization problem—also often have very strong convictions about the existence of a meritocracy. That’s because their lower dimensional reality is a meritocracy. The truth of their position is unassailable… in the space in which they are operating.

http://expletiveinserted.com/2015/02/24/the-unprivilege-dimension/
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I love this so hard... "When in doubt, do what the Canadians do!" <3 (via +Alan Loayza)
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A good read about an admirable woman who apparently chose her husband well.

For the men out there, if your ladyfriend says "I'm pregnant" when you're not expecting her to be saying that the correct response is “what do you want to do?” or maybe "how do you feel about that?"  The man in this story follows up with "...if you want to have the baby, we will. But if you don’t want to, we don’t have to", which seems to me a pretty good follow-up.

Fatherhood is simultaneously the hardest and best thing I could imagine doing but, first and foremost, it's a supporting role.  Fathers don't get pregnant, don't risk their lives labouring, don't nurse.  If you might be a father-to-be, your first job is supporting the mother-to-be, whatever that means (which isn't to say you don't get an opinion--if she wants input, let her have your input--but you need to respect her veto).
 
I Was Pro-Life Until I Accidentally Got Pregnant and Wanted an Abortion

#Prochoice is #prolife
In a reaction that surprised me to my core, the first thought that went through my brain was "Get an abortion.”
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It's a good speech.  Humans are such an evolutionary marvel partly because our individuals live to old age to pass on wisdom; I hope British voters heed this man, and I wish American voters would even open their ears to him--I'll save wishing for heed for later.
 
A huge part of why we're seeking to leave the US to stay in the UK permanently is that Corran and I both grew up in countries with single-payer, government health care and we're sick of the crap that gets passed off as health care in the US.  And that's speaking as people who have had insurance - sometimes top-of-the-line, depending on job situations - the entire time we've lived there.

US health care stinks.  You pay and pay and pay for crappier and crappier service.

Was Canadian health care perfect when I left?  Nope.  Is UK health care perfect now that I'm here?  Nope.  But both are easier with better results, with more flexibility for doctors and less punishment for patients.

And yet conservatives here in the UK (and even some centrists in the Labour Party from what I've heard) seek to destroy NHS, or at least degrade it severely.

Here's a man who explain why this is a bad idea: http://www.dailykos.com/story/2015/03/25/1373229/-91-year-old-veteran-brings-audience-to-tears-as-he-explains-the-importance-of-National-Health-Care?detail=email

And thank the universe a million times over for Tommy Douglas.  I am probably alive because of what he set up in Canada.

#saveNHS  
Harry Smith, WWII Veteran Back in September, England's Labour Party held their political conference in Manchester. The highlight was a rousing speech made by World War II Veteran Harry Smith. He ...
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Yes!

And it's so true! Cosplay is about having fun and celebrating the things we love.

As long as you're doing that, you're doing it right!

And, to be honest, I sincerely hope that when I'm a gray-haired old lady, I'm still rocking my tiara and geeky costumes!

(source: http://buff.ly/1EVNntL)
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This is simultaneously awesome and gross.  I had to stop watching at 4:45.  If you're comfortable with the gross-o-meter rating in the video, you'll probably learn something.  More detail, possibly not fit for all audiences, below the fold.









This video is exactly what it says on the tin--the lady in the middle is teaching the other two how to taxidermy a squirrel with a hands-on lesson and they talk about the various trauma done to each of their squirrels when they became roadkill.  There's a clip near the beginning that I regret watching that shows intestines being pulled out of one of the squirrels.  I wish I could watch all of this without getting nauseated because I'm certain it's fascinating.
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I have The Brain Scoop as a subscribed channel so I just finished watching this video. It was neat! Stuff you never knew about how the heck they stuff animals nowadays.
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