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And then there was that time that Donald Trump tried to enter his convention with flare, but the internet one-upped him.

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I'm not sure I'll ever repair farm equipment, but I certainly want the legal right to repair my own electronics! #right2repair  
Nebraska,. It's time to speak out for your right to repair. The people of Nebraska have always stood up for their right to repair. We have a chance to guarantee our right to repair electronics — like smartphones, computers, and even farm equipment. We have a chance to help the environment and ...
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"Unable to contain their emotion when they heard the account name called aloud by the college provost, a group of teary-eyed Sallie Mae student loan officers proudly looked on Monday as their $200,000 balance sheet asset graduated from Emory University, witnesses confirmed."
ATLANTA—Unable to contain their emotion when they heard the account name called aloud by the college provost, a group of teary-eyed Sallie Mae student loan officers proudly looked on Monday as their $200,000 balance sheet asset graduated from Emory University, witnesses confirmed.
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(Longer post below the TL;DR)
TL;DR The dems are on the right path by seeking to force a vote on "No Fly = No Buy" if and only if they are also willing to make clear to the public the conditions under which people are placed on the No Fly list.
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After another horrific shooting spree, some in government (mostly democrats, though some repubs are in agreement) seem to finally have the gumption to do whatever it takes to pass some kind of legislation regarding the kinds of guns which are available for purchase as well as what would prevent someone from qualifying for gun ownership. The democrats have framed the issues as such: 1) banning the purchase of semi-assault / military-styled rifles, and 2) some sort of 'No Fly = No Buy' ban on purchasing any gun.

1 is interesting because many of the high profile cases in the last few years have involved these kinds of weapons (e.g. AR-15). While I am sympathetic to the 'what could you possibly need it for?' argument, I am currently more interested in 2.

2 is highly intriguing. Obama said (about 2 weeks ago in a PBS Townhall special*) that there are people, American citizens, who are checking out ISIL websites, are on the No Fly list, but are people who he cannot prevent from buying firearms. Moreover, we have heard quite a bit from politicians supporting, in varying degrees, the No Fly = No Buy 'common sense' law. This seems to rest a very odd assumption. That assumption is that the No Fly list is a reliable way to track potential / actual terrorists. This assumption must be made explicit so it can be critically assessed.

Two years ago, The Intercept got ahold of a 166 page National Counterterrorism Center document outlining the (then) current guidelines for putting an individual on the No Fly list.** The list of criteria involved, among other things, vague phrases about social media posts being 'reasonably' questionable, as well as the people with whom you are acquainted being reason enough to ban you from flight. The Orlando shooter surely satisfied these conditions (his own Facebook posts; his father's online comments in support of the Taliban) However, the question naturally arises about what else it would take to satisfiy these conditions. If I am critical of the US's drone policy in Yeman, does this justify the FBI in flagging me as a threat, and, hence, on the No Fly list? If a family member of mine self-radicalizes, do I automatically get lumped in to their poor decision? Even tougher to answer: how long am I justifiably placed on the No Fly list? Who makes these potentially burdonsome decisions? Is there any oversight? What about due process?

Clearly, with the Orlando shooting, we want someone like that shooter to be both on the No Fly list as well as the No Buy list. We also want, however, to not cast a net too far and sweep a disproprtionate amount of innocent citizens into a No Fly / No Buy situation. One way to avoid this consequence would be to make the FBI's critiera transparent and open to the public, and theregore open to public debate. Currently, the criteria are hidden (unless news sources like The Intercept have a source / leak). I suppose one might respond that we ought to be better safe than sorry (i.e. put all the actual threats and some non-threats on a list, rather than miss a threat), but that kind of reasoning would, if carried out consistently, put everyone on the watch list - even the watchers! This is clearly problematic.

So, long story longer, I think the democrats are on the right path in pursuing 2, so long as they are also willing to make transparent the conditions under which citizens will be barred from flight / weapons purchasing.

(I have focused on citizens in this post, but similar issues could be raised for non-citizens the US is watching)

* http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/obama-to-gun-owners-im-not-looking-to-disarm-you/

** https://theintercept.com/document/2014/07/23/march-2013-watchlisting-guidance/
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I see. Just to be fair, I did say the Dems were on the right path about a particular issue, and did not claim they were right about anything else.

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When we pay for federally funded research, we should be allowed to read it. That’s the simple premise of the Fair Access to Science and Technology Research Act (S. 779 (https://www.congress.gov/bill/114th-congress/senate-bill/779)), which now has a real chance at passing. Let’s send a clear message to the Senate: we can’t stall on open access for another year. It’s time to move FASTR (https://www.eff.org/deeplinks/2016/03/tell-congress-its-time-m...
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I literally laughed out loud at 0:58.  This looks epic.

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Too funny! 
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The hotel is both a mess as well as a disappointment. Our room feel apart - literally. The shower curtain rod and towel rack feel off, parts of laminate were missing from the sink frame, and THE ROOM SMELLED TERRIBLE. We eventually got a different room, and the staff is nice. That is why i have any stars at all. For the price, tho, there are much better options. The work out room is 3 machines and a few dumbbells and kettle bells. The breakfast is yogurt, cereal, and waffles. The coffee was actually decent. The wfif is mostly reliable, tho there is a secondary wifi named almost identical to the one the staff tells you to use so either someone is trying to prey on unsuspecting guests, or it is an employee only network. We did not look at the pool.
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The staff was helpful. We arrived very late and called ahead to let them know we were going o show up. The staff arranged to get our keys to us and put a roll away before their shift ended. They're telephone skills were great! The room itself was clean, well stocked and nice. The pool looked clean, and our niece enjoyed it. A great option for Wyoming lodging!
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The Hotel is the nicest I've stayed in at Sikeston. The staff was friendly and helpful. The room was clean, well organized, updated, and did I mention clean!? Breakfast was nice, and included, the gym was not much (treadmills and a few dumbells) and the pool seemed fine, but I did not have time to swim. The coffee was plentiful and tasty. The price was very competitive considering how clean the room was, and how polite the staff was. I'll be staying there again on my next trip.
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As far as price goes, it was a very inexpensive stay. Sadly, however, the room smelled and was not very clean. The attached restaurant (Neon Lounge) was fine, but nothing special. The complimentary breakfast consisted of frozen items we could microwave, and cereal. The staff was very friendly, and helped with whatever they could. I'm not sure I would avoid this place, I just wish it was cleaner.
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Smoky and smells of bad air freshener. The games are almost all the same with mere changes in art. Bathrooms were clean, however.
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