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"Mr. Netanyahu’s re-election has convincingly proved that trusting Israeli voters with the fate of Palestinian rights is disastrous and immoral."

Dunno about that, but Munnayer makes a reasonable argument that Netanyahu & Likud's election victories are good for moving Palestinian rights forward (in the long term).
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“Decision-making power over the reincarnation of the Dalai Lama, and over the end or survival of this lineage, resides in the central government of China,” said Mr. Zhu, formerly a deputy head of the United Front Department of the Communist Party..."

...“The 14th Dalai Lama has taken an extremely frivolous and disrespectful attitude towards this issue,” Mr. Zhu continued. “Where in the world is there anyone else who takes such a frivolous attitude towards his own succession?”
Chinese Communist Party leaders are deathly afraid that the Dalai Lama will not have an afterlife. Worried enough that this week, officials repeatedly warned that he must reincarnate, and on their terms. Tensions over what will happen when the aging 14th Dalai Lama dies, and particularly over ...
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'“These disparities occur, at least in part, because Ferguson law enforcement practices are directly shaped and perpetuated by racial bias,” the Justice Department concluded.'

Quod erat demonstrandum.
WASHINGTON — The Justice Department on Wednesday called on Ferguson, Mo., to overhaul its criminal justice system, declaring that the city had engaged in so many constitutional violations that they could be corrected only by abandoning its entire approach to policing, retraining its employees ...
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Happy 224th Birthday, Vermont! Here's what I wrote for our State Song contest.
#VT #BTV
It didn't win and didn't even place, but, 16 years later, here's the song I submitted for Vermont's State Song Competition. It's called "Vermont, My Own True Friend".
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What's not to love about this?

Hat tip and sturdy houses to +Shane Celis. 
Sesame Street, which lives to put its own spin on pop culture (e.g. Birdman) as it wholly embraces technology, has released an aptly timed parody of Netflix's House of Cards. As it turns out, the...
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The New York Times shows us how journalism is supposed to look. Meanwhile, NY's Department of Correction just looks...away.

What's it going to take to change? How much cruelty and injustice are we willing to allow in our names and with our money?
On Sept. 2, four correction officers pulled Jose Guadalupe, an inmate classified in medical records as seriously mentally ill, into his solitary-confinement cell at Rikers Island and beat him unconscious. A little over two months later, three guards wrestled another inmate, Tracy Johnson, ...
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Clap along if you feel like clappiness is the truth.
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If Iran shouldn't do Obama's nuclear deal because, "Hey man, It could be reversed with the stroke of a pen!", then why should ANY country trust us?
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Got an email that said "I showered with Beyoncé!" Turns out it's +DoSomething.org​ trying to make me save water by creating a 5-minute shower playlist. Pffft. I'm showering with Beethoven.
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I love her tunes, though they're a bit crackly.
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Truly, a must-read if you care about the situation with Iran, Israel, and the US.
At face value, this speech makes no sense. But there may be a deeper logic to the Israeli prime minister's determination to speak to Congress.
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"What we know is that if a woman is going to be killed by a firearm, she’s most likely to be killed by a current or former intimate partner. What we know is where there are more guns, more women die. That’s just incontrovertibly true."

Hat tip and empty holsters to +David Dobbs​.


Dr. Deborah Azrael explains what decades of research can tell us about guns, women and myths of self-defense
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Yes, and more kids.
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Sorry to inundate you with sociopolitical articles this morning, but I found this one so well-articulated and, better yet, well-reasoned that I had to share.

Via +The Atlantic. 
Rudy Giuliani is only the latest conservative to claim that the president isn't fond of his country, despite all evidence to the contrary.
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In understand the argument. I am just not capable of proving to you how I know it's wrong.
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Creative type working in Internet marketing. Loves #BTV (Burlington, Vermont, USA), #VT (Vermont), wife Kit O'Connor, and The Beatles. Always, The Beatles.
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Can whistle much of "Jesu, Joy of Man's Desiring"...but has to pause to take a breath.
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