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If the cries of ‘Je suis Charlie’ were sincere, the western world would be convulsed with worry and anger about the Wallström affair. It has all the ingredients for a… Read more
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This has been doing the rounds, but it's such a clear and important message that it must be reshared.
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I don't always watch TV, but when I do, it's for something important.

11.05pm Wed 25 Feb in the UK on Channel 4.
An eye-opening, Oscar-winning exposé of the dangers of government surveillance. You will never again think the same way about your phone, email, credit card, web browser or profile.
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I find this quite disturbing - the world does not need this reckless hatred, and if history (WW2 and the Jews, for example) teaches us anything, it's that we should be ashamed of demonizing demographics. This behavior must be shunned, lest we become monsters.
 
I had started to write this post talking about law, and social order, and what needs to be done to stop these people. But I'm too angry to write coherently about this right now.

There is a very powerful lesson you learn growing up as a Jew: there is no such thing as a threat against "those people over there." If a mob is killing black people, or Muslims, or Salvadorans, or whatever one day, they will just as happily turn around and kill you and your family the next. What pulls mobs together is not hate for a particular group: it's the joy of hate itself, of being able to express violence with impunity. That includes everything from simple verbal violence -- being able to rant against groups, violently and vehemently, and receiving the approbation of your friends -- to mobs that burn, rape, and murder. It's the joy of having a family whose history is an endless sequence of fleeing, or failing to flee, ethnic violence.

Many people have talked about how there is no "us and them" in such violence; you have probably heard Niemöller's famous "first they came for the Socialists" quote. But when you live this -- when you have call trees for your family members that you go through every time violence happens near them, to see who's all right -- the terror becomes much more real, much more stomach-churning.

When I read this story, or the story of the murders of Yusor Abu-Salha, Deah Barakat, and Razan Abu-Salha in Chapel Hill, I have a terror for my Muslim friends, and worry if the violence will trigger more of it and put them in danger. Likewise the lynching of James Anderson frightens me for my black friends; other murders for trans friends, for Jewish friends, for sex worker friends, for any number of groups of people that I know will be put in danger because violence tends to spread. 

But I know that after that, lying in bed at night, I'm going to have the second worry: that when the violence spreads, my own family might be in danger as well.

Hate is like arson: it is feared not just for what it does, but because it can spread. 

This fire is frightening not simply because it happened, but because it happened four days after the Chapel Hill murders. It's a blaze spreading from one rooftop to another, and it must be put out.

h/t +Saladin Ahmed for the link.
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A comparison that had never occurred to me before, but it struck true. You can (by metaphor/close analogy) cross the gender divide and see things from the other side.
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What seemed like a large bright spot on Ceres resolves to two smaller spots as the Dawn probe gets closer. This (to me) makes the relative brightness of the spots all the more curious. Wondering what the albedo of the spots are compared to the surrounding terrain.
 
Dwarf planet Ceres continues to puzzle scientists as our Dawn spacecraft gets closer to being captured into orbit around the object. 

The latest images from Dawn, taken nearly 29,000 miles (46,000 kilometers) from Ceres, reveal that a bright spot that stands out in previous images lies close to yet another bright area. Details: http://go.nasa.gov/1DbyQqc
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+Robert Collier cue "that's no dwarf planet..." meme?

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Is it just me, or does it seem to anyone else that the anti-vaccinations argument just went full-on conspiracy nutjob? Is this a minority thing, or do an actual significant number of people believe this population cull crap?

(no, this is a rhetorical question and I'm not interested in inviting comment)
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I'd been having some trouble in combat, and finally realised that my lateral thrusters weren't always working. I had them bound to 8-way hats on my X52, but discovered that in the corner positions, they were doing nothing at all. I did some websearching and found this gem on the Frontier Forums that helped me fix this issue. This also allowed me to use the pinky trigger for something useful.
I figured out something awesome today, and was so excited I had to make a slideshow step by step to show other owners of Saitek X52 (non-pro, but I guess pro will work the same way) how to get all those "other" buttons and sliders to work in Elite. You know... like the pinky trigger, or the precision slider, or how to make the throttle hat an 8way switch (it is already) for combined thrusting. So, without further ado, the screenshots:
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Excellent post with which I configured my X52-Pro. It's been flawless - not counting when I screw things up changing my control scheme! :)
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