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Justin Vander Ziel
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"Here’s what the people who love Trump don’t understand: He doesn’t love them back. I figured they’d be on to him by now. These are folks who feel anxious and left behind by the new economy. Many are struggling. Trump has a word for such people: losers. And he’s never had time for losers. He doesn’t have time to sit in their kitchens and go to their barbecues and listen to their problems. True, losers in the aggregate — say 12,000 at a time — get him to where he wants to be. But he’s always one squirt of Purell away from getting back on his plane so he can sleep in his penthouse. Never has an electorate been held in more contempt by its putative champion."

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How the Republican party can go from being 'anyone but Trump' to the historically standard response of anyone who is more conservative than the current DFL candidate:
"Mr. Trump has said so many irresponsible or dangerous things so often and in so many settings that there is a real risk that many voters will simply tune out and his campaign will somehow be normalized."

The problem with accepting the rantings of a grown-up toddler as the new 'normal' is this:

"So it is particularly important to note when Mr. Trump’s statements go beyond the merely provocative or absurd and instead represent a threat to America’s carefully balanced political system. This is such a moment. It is not too late for Republicans who revere that system to question how they can embrace a nominee who has so little regard for it."

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Truer words could not be said.

"The failure of one particular partner to save us from our grief and melancholy is not an argument against that person and no sign that a union deserves to fail or be upgraded.

The person who is best suited to us is not the person who shares our every taste (he or she doesn’t exist), but the person who can negotiate differences in taste intelligently — the person who is good at disagreement. Rather than some notional idea of perfect complementarity, it is the capacity to tolerate differences with generosity that is the true marker of the “not overly wrong” person. Compatibility is an achievement of love; it must not be its precondition."

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"When you, in turn, get married, these friends will do the same for you. What this means is that at each wedding you pay a little bit, and then when it is your turn, you get it all back at once. You can think of a wedding as a big “Christmas Club” or ROSCA; you pay into it little by little and it pays out all at once."
http://qz.com/690952/wedding-gifts/

Kind of late for an "ah ha" moment on this one.

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I remember reading about a virus that was theoretically transmitted via the computer's speaker and microphone. Google Tone seems to be proof that it could happen! Interesting and unsettling at the same time.

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Just purchased an album from Google Music and was excited to play it during my commute home from work. When I went to play it I discovered that playing at the max volume in my car played at only half the volume of other music that I recently downloaded from Amazon - I could barely hear it! Google Music won't be getting any purchases - much less a subscription - from me anytime soon. So disappointed ...

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"The more children are spanked, the more likely they are to defy their parents and to experience increased anti-social behavior, aggression, mental health problems and cognitive difficulties, according to a new meta-analysis of 50 years of research on spanking by experts at The University of Texas at Austin and the University of Michigan."

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This article was eye-opening; shows how much we anthropomorphize our dogs. 
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