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"The innocent working families of all backgrounds whose lives and dreams have been cut short by excessive violence, surveillance, and other abuses of the Bill of Rights by government pay the true price..."

Well said.
Owner Peter Angelos' son says the bigger picture makes "inconvenience at a ballgame irrelevant."
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He should be wearing safety glasses.
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The Baltimore Riots. Are the rioters "thugs" behaving irrationally? Some of them, perhaps. But that's trying to put a comforting "other" over the real problem: the rioters have a real and justified beef with the system and there are no rational ways for them or for other people from their community to obtain relief.

Riots are symptomatic of a necessary process that humans are wired to deal with the case of the system being too abjectly unfair: we're willing to tear down what we can, even if the damage we cause hurts us more than anyone else.

All of us are wired this way. It's got a name and it's repeatable.

Remember the "dictator study" where one party gets to pick how a sum gets split but unless the second party accepts the split, neither party gets anything? A perfectly rational player of the transaction would accept any non-zero sum, but humans almost never play that way. The second party will screw them both unless the split approaches "fair". Irrational on a per-transaction basis, but rational in the longer-term where you can establish a pattern of behavior.

The refusal to accept unfair splits is called... well, read the post. He's a better writer than I am and he's got more to say about why you're judging the rioters that you should probably read.
I'm reading a lot of crap about riots in my hometown. Fuck you all and your firehose of useless, self-serving, careerist punditry, your giant spotlight that cares not a whit about all the things it pretends to illuminate but will blather with equal earnestness and concern about the next thing ...
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We've tried that on both sides. The results were disappointing for the kids. Even with prep ("Remember kids, there may not be time to open presents."), our kids are still really jazzed about getting to give the gift to the other kid, which they take to mean they're around when the gift is opened. So they're really disappointed if they can't be around.

The other thing that sort-of works is tell guests to give to a particular charity instead and just throw a party. Then the gifts come from family in a much smaller setting. This works when you're going to this party as there's no choosing the gift, wrapping, and writing up the card, which builds up the whole thing in the kids' heads.
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I haven't thought a lot about tips, but some recent discussion has made me aware of what a really vile cultural norm they always were (and still remain):

Our culture demands the right to withhold payment (tips) so that we can "punish the help when they don't behave".

This article goes into a critic's truly vile behavior when the critic couldn't withhold the tip to punish a server who made a mistake.

At this point, I want to start behaving in a way that incentivizes restaurants to stop tipping. Any specific ideas on how to do that? My wife and I are going to go out to a swanky place this week, so I might have a chance to put it into action right away...
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Perhaps just tell your server ahead of time that you've adopted a flat-xx% tip policy, and you'd like that added to the bill for you?
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Real food

On my mother's side, my grandparents lived in the countryside and worked in farms, he a blacksmith and she a field worker. They didn't have much, but they rented a piece of land on which they maintained a huge fruit and vegetable garden, and they had poultry and rabbits in the yard. The village also had dairy and cattle farms. I saw vegetables get harvested. I saw animals get caught, slaughtered, gutted, their skin or feathers removed.

At home, my mom also maintained a large vegetable garden. On some week-ends, my father would fish for semi-wild trouts. He still does, occasionally. Some uncles would hunt.

I grew up with the notion that I should know where my food comes from and how it's made. Heck, even when my mom prepared ground beef, she'd buy a chunk of meat and grind it at home. I didn't eat in a fast-food restaurant until I was a teen.

I also grew up eating offal, including parts that aren't legal in he US ;-) Even today, I look forward to a good piece of heart, liver, kidney, stomach or tongue more than to a piece of plain muscle.

A big difficulty in cuisine is about seasoning. It's hard, it takes ingredients and practice.

There are still some things I rarely eat, typically because I didn't grow up learning those tastes. Specifically, I have a hard time with ginger and cinnamon.
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We don't buy that much packaged food, but we still find it easier to give the kids a smaller menu, and they, predictably, are picky.
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For fuck's sake, Obama. One of the most spectacularly stupid statements in the history of a free and open society and you agree?

[edit: Maybe the statement was just statesmanship? http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/01/16/obama_and_cameron_cybersecurity_partnership/]

A well-informed response: https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2014/10/more_crypto_war.html

/me facepalms
President Obama said police and spies should not be locked out of encrypted smartphones and messaging apps, taking his first public stance in a simmering battle over private communications in the digital age.
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Hm, may have just been unwilling to contradict Cameron when standing next to him. See new link in OP for another article showing that Obama didn't agree to very much at all.
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I thought the Common Core approach to math was an attempt to get past this. My daughter's 1st grade math homework definitely seems to be a bit more "think it through" than the rote memorization I had to struggle with.
 
Which approach do you think kids really need to succeed?
Fourth-grader Scout is struggling to keep her composure during a parent-teacher conference as the teacher expounds upon the character-building aspects of having failed a math quiz. She fixes her tearf
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OMFG YES!

That's uncanny.
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This way of framing approaches to the world really appeals to me. Now how to instill this worldview in my kids...
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I love this and Dweck's work in general. My main problem is the binary framing. I do see that she's trying in this visual to show each of these facets as existing on continua, but referring to her paradigm as "2 Mindsets" unfortunately cements the notion of either/or.  
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I loathe the Oscars. I like some of the movies made just for the Oscars, and the people nominated are often talented actors... but the Oscar event itself?

I laughed myself to tears several times while reading this. If some part of you harbors a secret suspicion that the Oscars might just be the best dressed circle jerk each and every year, you'll think it's funny too.
Every year, the Oscars come along, and it becomes more evident that the Oscars are the worst live event on television. Other award shows are smart enough to jettison technical categories, get the nominees shitfaced, and encourage poor wardrobe choices. Meanwhile, these things are still as self-important as ever and staged like the second night of a fucking political convention. It is the final, tiresome act of an increasingly crowded award season...
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Son of a... well there's someone who really took an interest to it's logical extreme. Watch the whole thing. It's amazing.
 
This video is nearly six minutes long. I understand that asking you, dear reader, to watch a six-minute video of some dude doing archery tricks in his garage and the woods by his house is a tall order, but you need to do this. You need to watch Lars Andersen, master of ancient and long-forgotten bow skills, do his damn thing.
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Like a boss. 
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