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Mitch Wagner
Jewish, grandson of immigrant refugees
Jewish, grandson of immigrant refugees
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Martin Luther King was controversial while alive, viewed as an extremist by white Americans who were comfortable paying lip service to equality.
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Another version of the Covington High School confrontation, in which the Native Americans were trying to protect the high school kids from a THIRD group, and the kids got confused whose side the Native Americans were on.
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Breitbart and a couple of other conservative outlets are reporting that the Native Americans, rather than the Covington High School kids, provoked the confrontation. The Native Americans got in the kids' faces and shouted anti-white, anti-European epithets.
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The mobile phone screen of the near future will be a pair of digital eyeglasses.

Second Life founder Philip Rosedale looks at the future of phone -- and desktop -- displays. They'll be digital eyeglasses that project virtual images of multiple high-resolution wide-screen displays whenever we need them. Apple, Microsoft, Google and other companies are already working on this.

If you could fix the screen in front of your eyes with lenses that make it comfortable to look at, and which also have the ability to precisely sense the rotation of the head, you could create a magic new “screen” that completely surrounds you with pixels too small to be seen. Wherever you turn your head, the pixels right in front of your eyes would change to display the part of the virtual screen where you are looking.

This new screen will appear really, really big — about the equivalent of 16 4K monitors, with about 200 million pixels. Imagine being able to snap your fingers, any time, and be surrounded by 16 monitors containing any content you’d like — ones for email, text messages, browsing, video and whatever else you’d like to remember to check on. No-one will be able to see the content but you, and they come with you everywhere, just like your smartphone.

Would you wait in line at the Apple store for a $500 headset that surrounds you with 16 magic floating 4K monitors that don’t weigh anything and no one else could see? Of course you would — and you will.

VR and AR will follow once these devices are in everybody's hands (um, I should say, on everybody's face).
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The 7,500-year-old remains of 167 people found in a Florida bog in 1982 shows they lived a "hard but good life," 3,500 years before the pyramids were built.

Theirs was an incredibly caring society. Children’s bodies were almost all found to have small toys in their arms. One older woman, perhaps 50, showed signs of having several broken bones. The fractures occurred several years before her death, meaning that despite her handicap the other villagers cared for her and helped her even when she could no longer contribute significantly to the workload. Another body, that of a 15-year-old boy, showed that he was a victim of spina bifida, a crippling birth defect where the vertebrae do not grow together properly around the spinal cord. Despite his many deformed bones, evidence suggests he was loved and cared for throughout his life. These discoveries are mind boggling when one considers how many ancient (and even a few modern) societies abandon the weak and deformed.
Ancient Origins
Ancient Origins
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64-year-old Navy vet Joe Ford lives "house-free" in Alaska

I have been scrambling around these parts since 2013, inhabiting a variety of iterations, from riverbank tent camps to cabins, buses and RVs and occasionally at fancy lodges when I have worked caretaking gigs. I live like this in protest of our consumer society. I find it more fulfilling, more authentic, less stress – on the planet and on my brain.

He rejects the "homeless" label:

If you have a place to gather your thoughts and lay your head at the end of the day, how is that not a home? My accommodations are substandard if a house is used as a metric. But my tent keeps me and my bedroll out of most elements in the spring, summer and as far into the fall as I can take it. I find sturdier shelter when the water I soak my false teeth in overnight freezes and I have to chisel them free before I can eat breakfast. Right now, I have a bus with a wood-burning stove in it on loan for the winter, so I’m out of the elements until spring.

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Poverty can be a rough row to hoe. It has forced me to seriously compromise the lifestyle and the values I was raised to expect from my perch in a lilywhite midwestern suburb. During my lifelong descent of the economic ladder, which I attribute to my “don’t care” attitude, I got a closeup view of all the unfairness, malfeasance and destructive aspects of “the system”. I was indoctrinated into it, and have gone from struggling to fit in to rejecting the game entirely and looking for alternatives.
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Centralized "darknet" markets like Silk Road have given way to decentralized, anonymized "dropgang" networks.

Drug dealers and other merchants in illegal physical goods are using private messaging platforms including Telegram and VPNs to communicate with customers, cryptocurrency for payment, and leaving goods in dead drops in public spaces such as parks.

Instead of the flat hierarchies witnessed with darknet markets, merchants today employ hierarchical structures again. These consist of procurement layer, sales layer, and distribution layer. The people constituting each layer usually do not know the identity of the higher layers nor are ever in personal contact with them. All interaction is digital - messaging systems and cryptocurrencies again, product moves only through dead drops.

The procurement layer purchases product wholesale and smuggles it into the region. It is then sold for cryptocurrency to select people that operate the sales layer. After that transaction the risks of both procurement and sales layer are isolated.

The sales layer divides the product into smaller units and gives the location of those dead drops to the distribution layer. The distribution layer then divides the product again and places typical sales quantities into new dead drops. The location of these dead drops is communicated to the sales layer which then sells these locations to the customers through messaging systems.

Interesting that the distribution happens before the sale, not after.

Using messaging, cryptocurrency and dead drops isolates members of each layer from each other, and from the higher layers. There is minimized chance of a rival gang or police capturing lower-down layers and "rolling them up," which is SOP for organized crime investigations.

If members of such a structure are captured they usually have no critical information to share, no information about persons, places, times of meeting. No interaction that would make this information necessary ever takes place.

It is because of the use of dead drops and hierarchical structures that we call this kind of organization a Dropgang.

The result of this evolution is a highly decentralized, specialized and resilient method of running black market commerce.

Dropgangs have their own problems. Among them is finding suitable locations for dead drops. Criminals are marking locations with inexpensive Bluetooth beacons, detected using mobile apps on the customer's phone.

Expect to see this technique picked up by legitimate business as well, and a proliferation of low-end jobs moving product from distributor to dead drop to customer. Soon we'll see drones used to service dead drops, and later, long-range high capacity drones used for distribution.

Continue thinking, what is possible if we combine: 4G/5G mobile internet, anonymous messaging, messaging bots, anonymous and untraceable digital currencies, strong end-to-end encryption, GPS, cheap electronics, 3D printed mechanics, cheap drones - both short distance multicopters and long distance fixed wing, visual processing for navigation, and lots of code.\

My mind is blown. Consider all of this playing out against dysfunctional governments.

There’s a Neal Stephenson novel in all this. Or an episode of NCIS.
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Baby is amazed by simple sleight of hand. Adorable.
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Herve Villechaize's signed handprints and footprints in concrete, 1982, can be yours for the low, low price of $3,200 - $146 per month for 24 months! He drew a little caricature of himself at the bottom too.
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A friend has been talking lately about how Congress needs to start impeachment hearings now.

From my friend: Impeachment grounds are whatever Congress says they are. That's according to Gerald Ford in Watergate days, before he was VP. "High crimes and misdemeanors" are just figurative language, they are not precise legal terms. "Abuse of power" can be grounds for impeachment.

If the President needs to be removed for corruption and incompetence, it's Congress's job to do it. Not a special prosecutor, not the FBI. Congress.

And Congress is just an instrument of the American people. Congress won't do it until the American people demand it.

Another friend has been pointing out since the 2016 election that Democrats and the left have been waiting for some magic wand that they can wave to change the outcome of that election. They -- we -- think there's going to be a sex tape that will so repulse the American people they'll remove him from office. Or that Mueller will deliver evidence so clear-cut that Trump will simply be gone.

None of these things will happen. And if Trump simply disappears, more than a third of the American people think he's doing a fine job. Trump is only a small part of a huge problem.

My friends are smart.
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