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[Tolerance] is an agreement to live in peace, not an agreement to be peaceful no matter the conduct of others. A peace treaty is not a suicide pact.
 
Tolerance is not a moral precept: It is a peace treaty.

We are brought up to believe that tolerating people is a basic moral good. But this simple approach fails, and can easily be used against us by people who say "Why won't you tolerate my intolerance?" This can happen in everything from our personal lives to the political arena. But it comes from a misunderstanding of what tolerance is.

The way to understand tolerance isn't as a moral absolute: it's as a peace treaty. The difference is that a peace treaty only applies when both sides abide by it.

This is an essay I've had brewing for some time.
The title of this essay should disturb you. We have been brought up to believe that tolerating other people is one of the things you do if…
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Quote of the Day, from a Redditor:
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It's insane, Clinton's Foundation uses its money to:

* provide live-saving AIDS medication to millions of people
* assist farmers in Africa in getting access to seeds/equipment
* help governments with reforestation and renewable energy projects
* develop plans with local governments/businesses to promote physical fitness and health

The Trump foundation on the other hand:

* bribes conservative politicians to avoid prosecution
* purchases paintings of himself in violation of IRS rules
* makes lawsuits against his business "go away" by donating to the people suing him
* supports anti-vaccine campaigns
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Now if only Kaine had made the point anywhere near that clearly in last night's debate...
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I expected some cute marble and magnet tricks, but they were even better than I expected!
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I love the use of pasta. So good.
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CA residents: sign the petition to protect housing affordability.
The Affordable Housing Bonus Program (AHBP) conversation may be quiet in San Francisco at the moment, but the state’s density bonus law is front and center in Sacramento! SFHAC has been a strong supporter of the local AHBP, a proposed local tool that would give concessions and benefits, or bonuses, to housing developments that include a...
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The NYT editorial section has been waging a full court press against Bernie Sanders. (To be fair, I can't blame the pundits for supporting Hillary, she's a supremely qualified, entrenched establishment candidate.)

I like this response to one such editorial from the comments section:

What frustrates me as a millennial is that I was brought up being told that Franklin D. Roosevelt was one of the greatest presidents in history because he was so liberal, and not just for his time. His economic bill of rights (which sadly never saw the light of day) guaranteed, among other things, that every citizen in the country has the right to a paying job. Many living politicians in the Democratic establishment sing the praises of President Roosevelt, calling him one of the greatest presidents to ever live, comparing him to Lincoln, and claiming that the New Deal saved the country from economic ruin. He was so popular that the Constitution was amended so that no future president could be elected as many times as he was.

Now, seventy years after President Roosevelt died, a candidate comes along with an awfully similar message, and the Democratic establishment completely turns their backs him.

And don't lecture me about how his agenda will never get passed. The New Deal didn't exactly sail through Congress, and a lot of what did got struck down by the Supreme Court. FDR was called a tyrant and a communist, among other things. Still, his courage, his leadership, and the boldness of his vision survive, despite the political realities of his time--it lives on in Bernie Sanders.

http://www.nytimes.com/2016/02/22/opinion/bernie-sanders-hits-a-roadblock.html?&moduleDetail=section-news-0&action=click&contentCollection=Opinion&region=Footer&module=MoreInSection&version=WhatsNext&contentID=WhatsNext&pgtype=article#permid=17648594
Despite doing well with a number of voter groups, so far Sanders has not brought about nearly enough of the political upheaval he is counting on.
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And he's an unqualified populist buffoon; the left's version of Trump. Anyone who doesn't vote for Clinton is helping Trump, and that's unforgivably wrong.
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We urgently need more housing options of diverse sizes and price ranges. Any environmentalist or humanitarian should realize how irresponsible it is to have a massive imbalance between housing and jobs in an area, which guarantees that people have longer commutes, which means more traffic, more loss of life in accidents, more carbon dioxide emissions, and more wasted hours of life. The jobs housing balance hits the poor and working class hardest.
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Someone said "we're already screwed with climate change, so why should we care about it?" My response:

Climate disaster is not a binary "it happens" or "it doesn't happen", like a volcano erupting or not erupting. It's a range of outcomes: say, a few million climate refugees or a few hundred million climate refugees. It's like the difference between crashing a car at 30 MPH or at 70 MPH. Either way, you're going to crash, and it will be bad, but for the love of God, you should still slam on the brakes, not the gas!


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That is a good way to put it. And it is true not only of refugees: essentially all climate change impacts are smooth gradients of damage. More or fewer species of plants and animals could go extinct. A larger or smaller number of square miles of coastal lands could be lost to the ocean. Hurricanes can be more or less common and more or less severe. And we have not yet locked in high levels of damages: impacts can be contained to completely manageable levels if we take strong and smart action today.
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SNL knocked it out of the park with Tom Hanks on Black Jeopardy, but I also can't stop rewatching this one, embarrassingly.
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we're gonna play the national anthem and just see what happens
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This is why Trump having a platform is so pernicious. He celebrates willful ignorance. "Obama said ISIL? Why didn't he say ISIS? Does he think he's better than you?! Don't trust him!" But of course Obama is using the correct term for the wider movement, because he's a leader with actual responsibilities.
What is the difference between ISIS and ISIL? The President knows. His biggest detractors don't.
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This is what I've been saying. In SF or SJ, we're not having the argument about whether global warming is a hoax perpetrated by money-grubbing climatologists (?!) and the Chinese (?!), thankfully. Yet people won't put their zoning laws where their mouth is.
We're pro-environment but anti-density, pro-immigration but anti-migration, and pro-equity but anti-housing. Our ideology is completely detached from our policy outcomes, and its killing our cities.
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If you found a black bike bag in Mountain View tonight with "Jeremy Hoffman" IDs in it, that's mine. :-(

Edit: I wrote "back" instead of "bag"! Just lost the bag.
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Edit: I wrote "back" instead of "bag"! Just lost the bag.
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Hearthstone announced the biggest change in the game's two-year history: they will introduce a Standard format, where cards will rotate out after two years. This was a very necessary step, taken by all collectible card games, that keeps the game fresh and approachable for new players. The original card set (the "Basic" and "Classic" cards) will stay in Standard perpetually. Since those cards will always be around, they need to tweak some of the most problematic cards so they don't limit variety of gameplay year after year.

I wrote an article on Reddit listing the cards that I think should be tweaked.

https://www.reddit.com/r/hearthstone/comments/442bdz/top_6_basicclassic_cards_to_nerf/
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software engineer
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  • Google
    software engineer, 2008 - present
  • Microsoft
    software engineer intern, 2007 - 2007
  • Stanford University
    CS student researcher, 2006 - 2007
  • IBM
    intern, 2005 - 2005
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Palo Alto, CA - Stanford, CA - Takoma Park, MD - Bethesda, MD - Washington, DC
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awesomely nerdy awesome nerd. also epic.
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games, guitar, Google, guitar&Google, puzzles, progressive politics
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after OK Go's acoustic set at Google, I talked about programming with Andy Ross and got yogurt with Damian Kulash
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    Computer Science MS, 2007 - 2008
  • Stanford University
    Computer Science BS, 2003 - 2007
  • Montgomery Blair High School
    1999 - 2003
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