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This is a very good looking improvement to copyright law - the allowance to consume your legal content across the EU. Why this isn't already a thing is beyond me (yes, copyright law is extremely outdated).

Please make your voice heard to encourage the Government to make a good and sensible decision.
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Wow, that's quite the resume!

Be sure to see https://plus.google.com/u/0/+AndreasSchou/posts/XjnusUsh2AF for +Andreas Schou's summary.
 
#BAMF for #BlackHistoryMonth  Now THIS is a cat I'd love to see a biopic about!

From Wikipedia: As a politician, Smalls authored state legislation providing for South Carolina to have the first free and compulsory public school system in the United States, and founded the Republican Party of South Carolina.
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Good letter.
I'm cool with you removing me from your friends list if you don't like this post. You can even disown me if you like. But Donald Trump isn't a good person, nor would he be a good president. I can understand a difference in politics. I can understand if you don't like a governmen …
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I knew there was something itching at me about the Tim Peake media coverage. Shame on me and my memory for not recalling.
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I think the '1st Brit' quote originally started as '1st publicly funded Brit' in space which was the big deal, as the British until now has not had a manned space program. Unfortunately this got shortened to 1st Brit, and also lost the message at the same time :|

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Well done, SpaceX! Major achievement in space launches.
 
Huge kudos to +SpaceX for the successful launch and landing of a Falcon 9 rocket today. This is the first time anyone has ever flown a rocket to orbit and landed it upright. That's a big deal, because:

- Right now, rockets get dumped into the ocean or otherwise discarded after use, which is a big part of why flying to space is so expensive. It's like building a 747 and using it once.

- While people have flown to orbit and landed again (in the Space Shuttle), that required the use of a winged lifting body, which is enormously more complicated and expensive than a simple rocket. Also, the Shuttle required a big external tank and two booster rockets – which got jettisoned.

- While people have launched rockets and landed them vertically before (Blue Origin, just a few months ago), those rockets weren't capable of going into orbit. And going to orbit is a big difference from going into space: space isn't very far away at all, you just need to go about 60 miles straight up. Orbit isn't high, it's fast: orbit basically means that you're going fast enough that you keep falling towards the Earth and missing. Getting to that speed is a lot harder than just going up and falling down again.

- While people have tried to launch non-winged rockets into orbit and land them again (SpaceX, twice in the past year or so), it hasn't worked, because you're basically trying to land a pencil on its tip as it descends at a speed of a few thousand miles per hour. Previous attempts tried to land on boats (a pair of robot-controlled "autonomous spaceport drone ships" named the Just Read the Instructions and the Of Course I Still Love You), and the reason for the failures can be summarized as "now try to do that in high seas." This time, they landed on solid ground, which isn't as good from an orbital trajectories perspective, but which has the advantage of not moving about underneath you. (Usually)

This was a full-scale mission: a Falcon 9 took off from Cape Canaveral carrying eleven communications satellites. The first stage separated from the upper part of the rocket and landed safely, while the upper stages deployed the satellites into orbit.

So that's a major success for one of the most exciting companies in space travel today, and something that's likely to seriously cut the price of space travel over the next few years.
SpaceX’s Falcon 9 rocket successfully landed upright on solid ground at Cape Canaveral, Florida this evening, after traveling into space and back. It's the first time SpaceX has been able to gently...
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So let me get this straight... He wishes to cancel the events because he fears for the safety of the men attending, but also believes that rape on private property should be legal.

I... Just don't understand how these two concepts can exist inside the mind of a person.

But then, I don't think he even qualifies as a person if he holds those views.
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That is what is called an epic fail. So 'manly' that rape should be considered legal, but not manly enough to stand up to his views because it's too dangerous.

Total epic fail from a coward far from manly as possible! (and homophobic too I might add, oh the irony if roles were reversed, legalize that ;)

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Possibly a bit too pithy, but evil only begets evil. Regardless of your colour or creed.
The Islamist group al-Shabaab has released a recruitment film featuring the Republican frontrunner calling for Muslims to be banned from the US
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The "Elf on the Shelf" may well be the creepiest toy ever made: it's all about teaching children that they're always being watched, and that they must never try to interact with the watchers, only find them and speak knowing that their words will go straight to Headquarters. But my horror when I first found out about this last year turned to something more complex when I spent a while thinking about the significance of "pretend play," and what pretend play about surveillance might mean for the future of children.

This article revisits some ideas from last year, and I think the reasoning still holds up. If your first reaction was horror (like mine), I'm curious to hear your response to the counteranalysis below.
Why “surveillance play” may be more important than we think
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Wow, Cracked sure has come a long way from being a competitor to Mad magazine. This was a really good article.

<<In every circumstance, there was a concerted effort on someone's part to make violence seem cool.
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Obviously there is no easy way to cure the world of mass murder. But virtually every problem, from plumbing leaks to brain tumors, is better when addressed early. Our culture tends to be all about stopping things at the last, most dramatic moment (an armed bystander stopping an active shooter) or after the fact (bombing the shit out of the shooter's home country). Culturally, it seems like we are very bad at nipping mass murder in the bud. That's what needs to change, somehow.

To any angry, armed people currently moving towards that point, Jack would like to say:

"When you're backed into a corner and everything seems like it's over, it's not. You can come back from anything. I've gone on from that incident and have ... a normal life, a decent job, a kid. ... All the things I never thought I could accomplish in that moment, I've done it."

Or as Shane puts it, "No matter how deep in the shit you are, it's better to turn back.">>

(Cue the "Shane, come back!" jokes.

Actually... hmm....)
What we think we know about these people is either grossly simplified or outright B.S.
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Yeah, that's pretty much how it works with our cats, too. Just more low-tech.
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