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English Beard Tax
In 1535, King Henry VIII of England, who wore a beard himself, introduced a tax on beards. The tax was a graduated tax, varying with the wearer's social position. His daughter, Elizabeth I of England, reintroduced the beard tax, taxing every beard of more than two weeks' growth.

Russian Beard Tax
In 1698, Emperor Peter I of Russia instituted a beard tax to modernize the society of Russia following European models. Those who paid the tax were required to carry a "beard token". This was a copper or silver token with a Russian Eagle on one side and on the other, the lower part of a face with nose, mouth, whiskers, and beard. It was inscribed with two phrases: "the beard tax has been taken" (lit: "Money taken").  

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Huh.  James Harden's tax would be in the millions by now.
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Sid Meir's i beg  of you.  Make a Railroads relaunch.  Take the basic concept and just expand it.  simple as that.  You'd sell a lot of games with very little investment.  Just take the "Railroads" game you already have and expand on it.  Same thing with "Sid Meir's Revolution", same concept and just expand it.  Why your people can't see this befunds me.  I  made that word up, good word though.  befunded.  means you don't know why people aren't throwing money at a good concept:  befunded.
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Like that word, dont know about the rest. Have to look it up
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Waylon Jennings would never drive a Volkswagen.  I was going to let it go but they have been bombarding every cable network i frequent.  "mommas don't let your babies" BUY A FUCKING Volkswagen!  FFS, i liked VW until this ad campaign took a cherished Waylon Jennings song and used it to try and sell cars (BY STEREOTYPING FAT LITTLE KIDS NOT RAISED BY YUPPIE VOLKSWAGEN OWNERS).  shame shame - the cowboy Waylon Jennings was warning your mom about, had very little to do with selling German cars in the US
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Another one that absolutely kills me is the Burger King commercial using an Otis Redding song . Sure it's not as asinine as the VW, but I hate seeing something great just whored out to the most zeros . Damn shame 
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San Antonio and Austin are in the thick of it.  Multiple tornado warnings, though none reported.  

I'm ready to dive into the bathtub if debris starts hitting my windows
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+Jeremy Hall Be safe and good luck!
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♫ Have you ever tried to step in my shoes?!
Have you ever tried to balance that beam?!
And if you ever tried to fit in my shoes,
They'll never be quite as soft as they seemed. ♫

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I love this fucking album.
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i have this notion that our society is going to be measured by history in terms of pre-internet and post-internet.  Similar to the way we see trains and cotton gins changing society's landscape in the 18th and 19th centuries, the introduction of "global internet communication" will also be a landmark when we teach future generations about the 21st century.  There is little comparison to the advancement in technology we've seen in the last few decades;  gas engines, electricity, rocket science are the closest comparisons.  Live it up people, we are experiencing history every day.

the photo below is kids listening to a radio broadcast in 1920 
http://pdxretro.com/2011/08/first-radio-newscast-on-this-day-in-1920/
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If you played bass guitar and you grew up in the 80's 90's then this is the best album you'd ever heard at the time (1993)     #porksoda   #primus  
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Agreed. 
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Acoustic Levitation
Sound is emitted from a specialized speaker and meets the reflected sound wave from the top (or the same frequency wave emitted from a second speaker)
These waves have minimums and maximums (compression's and rarefaction's) which superimpose to give one combined wave called a standing wave.
Standing waves have nodes and anti nodes (positions of low and high amplitude) The water droplets will be forced by the sound wave to the place with the least pressure (the nodes).
At that point they will balance as the upwards force of the the sound wave colliding with the water molecules is enough to overcome the weight due to gravity and let it suspend in mid air.  

http://www.reddit.com/r/ScienceGIFs/comments/1bqac3/acoustic_levitation_xpost_from_rgifs/   #sciencesunday  
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sound waves are not very different from magnetic waves.....
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just an idea.  give me your thoughts. The Internet killed the University concept.  The idea of education shouldn't be based on Old World ideas like universities for the privileged.  Video killed the radio star -- and the internet killed the "university" mindset

The idea behind "Greek" fraternities is to keep certain people out.  We have systematic nonsense going on in the institutions we trust for progressive thought.  And then we have a computer, we have an internet, we have the ability to learn without the systematic BS offered by overpriced and politically run families who own the universities.  just a matter of time until these cesspools of ancient practices die in a progressive society that shuns wasteful spending.

Do we want to be educated by privateers or public funds?  Doesn't really matter anymore.  The internet allows us to educate ourselves.
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+Denise Worley Not everyone is motivated, and has the capability to learn that much either. some people are well suited for laboring jobs.
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The Best Player Since Jordan
For 17 years, we have been worshiping false idols. But it's okay, Tim Duncan forgives us. http://bit.ly/1IWeGXz

"Michael Jordan made us fall in love with wing players. We wanted scoring and high-flying dunks. We became smitten with players capable of both defying gravity and burying 30-foot fadeaways. The league told us to love it, Nike told us to buy it, and Sports Center told us to watch it. And so we did.

Little by little, though, we allowed everything we loved about the game to be replaced by the sexy highlight. We fell in love with unjustifiable long jumpers and negligent spacing. We ignored what win-shares told us. We started calling two or three-year title runs “dynasties.” We were so desperate to name someone, anyone, the “Air Apparent" (to Michael Jordan), we let pretenders and wannabes sit on the throne.

But we were wrong.

Thankfully, Tim Duncan didn’t mind. He just kept doing what he does — dropping 20 and 10 on the opposition, night after night — and we should consider ourselves lucky to have “witnessed” it."  

whole story :: https://medium.com/the-cauldron/the-best-player-since-jordan-3da47f9ca3e1
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+Paul La Salle i didn't write the article but i'm pretty sure that was his gripe "people want Michael Jordan excitement all the time, they forget to honor the trees in the paint doing all the work"
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Over the last 20 years, the median weekly earnings of recent college graduates in the US has been known to drag slightly behind the overall trend.  Ever since the 2007 recession however, the slight drag has become a huge leak.  This is very bleak news if you plan on investing in American business or raising a family.

http://www.frbsf.org/economic-research/publications/economic-letter/2014/july/wage-growth-gap-recent-college-graduates/
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