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Three months ago, producer Ross Putman started tracking descriptions of female characters from scripts he read. On Tuesday, he shared them with the world on his Twitter account, "Fem Script Intros."
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Black Voters DROP Hillary Clinton to Support Bernie Sanders & MLK's Legacy | https://youtu.be/Lxfzjb8bjkQ 

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By Erin Elizabeth, Founder, Health Nut News When Business Insider magazine says Whole Foods should be terrified of Aldi, it is time to pay attention. An announcement by the German supermarket chain was made on January 1st. Beginning ASAP and affecting all their US stores, the following pesticides will no longer be allowed on fruits …
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Debate notes.

Another Democratic debate on a weeknight! Will wonders never cease? Meanwhile, the Republicans have begun having theirs on Saturday nights. Did Debbie Wasserman-Schultz switch sides?

Anyway, here we are, just after we saw Bernie Sanders, Secret Service codename “Intrepid”, beat Hillary Clinton, codename “Evergreen”, in New Hampshire by more than twenty points. After only winning Iowa by a tiny margin—some precincts were literally decided by the toss of a coin—should the Clinton campaign be running scared?

No, not really. Next up is Nevada, and the Sanders campaign faces something of a reckoning here. Nevada is far more diverse than lily-white New Hampshire and Iowa, and Bernie has had trouble connecting with minority voters. Making things worse, there have been no public polls of Nevada since December, and only six in the entire past year. It’s a fair bet the campaigns have polled Nevada internally, and know more about the situation than we do, but we’re flying pretty blind into the Nevada caucus, coming next Saturday.

The Clinton campaign has been aggressively courting black voters, securing the endorsement of the Congressional Black Caucus PAC (which is not the same thing as the Congressional Black Caucus, a couple members of which have endorsed Mr. Sanders). Today’s controversy revolves around Rep. John Lewis, a legitimate hero of the civil rights movement, more-or-less questioning Mr. Sanders’s involvement in that movement. “I never saw him, I never met him,” Mr. Lewis said dismissively.

Anything John Lewis has to say about the civil rights movement carries a lot of weight, but this is just not cool. Punching down, as they say. We know Bernie Sanders participated in the March on Washington; we know he was arrested for protesting segregated housing; we know he was involved with the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE) and organized protests. John Lewis, of course, led the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), marched next to Dr. King, was on the stage when Dr. King told us he had a dream, and was beaten nearly to death twice by police—and that’s just off the top of my head. Okay, we get it, and we love Mr. Lewis, but the implication that he’d have known every white Jewish guy who was there is just a cheap shot.

What was Hillary Clinton doing, then? Supporting Barry Goldwater’s campaign and being elected president of the Wellesley Young Republicans Club. Do we hold that against her?

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When I write these things, I write the lead-in before the debate. I was sure the John Lewis thing would come up, because other debate moderators have asked about the current news cycle. It did not come up, to the credit of the PBS moderators.

So, okay. What did come up? Well, frankly, not a whole lot we haven’t heard over and over before. This was a boring debate; no one won, no one lost, no one did anything that I suspect will affect Nevada or the election as a whole. In a way, that’s a semi-loss for Bernie, as he’s going to need all the help he can get in Nevada and South Carolina (I expect Hillary to win South Carolina by a fair margin), though Bernie’s performance was strong.

We heard yet again that Mr. Sanders wants to move toward single-payer health care, while Mrs. Clinton doesn’t want to “start over” with the whole contentious debate and would rather build on the Affordable Care Act. “We both share the goal of universal health care,” Mrs. Clinton said. “Before it was called Obamacare it was called Hillarycare.” We’ve heard almost this exact exchange several times before.

We heard yet again from Mrs. Clinton that the Sanders proposals will be expensive and she doesn’t see how they can be paid for. We heard yet again Mr. Sanders counter with how he intends to pay for it. We heard yet again Mr. Sanders assert that a college degree today is equivalent to a high-school diploma fifty or sixty years ago, and that public college should therefore be tuition-free. We heard yet again about multinational corporations stashing money overseas.

Mrs. Clinton was asked about the quote from Madeleine Albright that there is a “special place in Hell” for women who don’t support other women. She declined to say whether she agrees with the statement.

Mr. Sanders was asked if he worried that he was thwarting history by opposing what would be the first woman president. “I think a Sanders victory would be of some historical accomplishment, as well,” he replied, but he was talking about his background and his views—he (wisely, if you ask me) didn’t mention that he would be the first Jewish president. Let people figure that out on their own.

We heard yet again about systemic racism, on which both candidates fall over themselves to say they agree with everything the other said.

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At one point, the candidates were asked if there are any areas of government they would like to reduce. Both of them talked about waste, about redundant programs, about streamlining. Mr. Sanders talked about waste and inefficiencies in the Department of Defense, but nothing specific.

I was not invited to participate in this debate, but if I were, my answer would be: “Yes, the TSA,” followed by a pause for raucous cheers from the audience. I can’t believe no one goes that route.

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In the foreign policy section, we also heard a lot of the same old stuff. But we did get a weird exchange about Henry Kissinger. “I am proud to say that Henry Kissinger is not my friend,” Mr. Sanders said, citing his actions in Cambodia that set the stage for “one of the worst genocides in the history of the world.” And thus, we got a couple bizarre minutes of Hillary Clinton defending Mr. Kissinger, citing his opening up of relations with China. Mr. Sanders countered, pointing out that yes, Henry Kissinger did open up relations with China, and now American jobs have gone to China.

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Bernie Sanders wants to expand Social Security by lifting the payroll tax cap on income over $250k per year. Hillary Clinton agrees that “we need more money going into the Social Security system,” but does not seem to support lifting the cap. Instead, her boost would come merely from taxing passive income as well as payroll income. Then, rather than expanding benefits for everyone, she would “prioritize those recipients who need the most help first.”

No one said the words, but Mrs. Clinton just endorsed the idea of means-testing Social Security benefits. That would be a fundamental change to the nature of Social Security itself, and, from a liberal standpoint, not a positive change.

The Sanders plan, of simply lifting the payroll tax cap (and also including passive income) would save Social Security and fully fund it for decades to come.

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The most contentious exchange came at the end of the debate. Remember, we’re going into the first states with sizable minority populations, and President Obama’s approval rating among black Americans is sky-high. Mrs. Clinton accused Mr. Sanders of not being supportive of Barack Obama.

He said Obama failed the presidential leadership test, he said Obama was weak, he said voters should have buyer’s remorse. “I couldn’t disagree more,” she said.

“The kind of criticism that we’ve heard from Senator Sanders about our president I expect from Republicans,” Mrs. Clinton said, “I do not expect from someone running for the Democratic nomination to succeed President Obama.”

Mr. Sanders responded: “Madam Secretary, that is a low blow.” He praised the president’s record, given the situation he inherited, and said that he still reserves the right to disagree with the president, including one who has done a great job. He called it “really unfair” to suggest that he hasn’t been supportive of the president.

Mrs. Clinton said that calling him “weak” and a “disappointment” goes further than saying they have a disagreement, that they are personal attacks she finds troubling.

“One of us ran against Barack Obama,” Mr. Sanders replied. “I was not that candidate.”

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They were asked what leaders would influence their decisions. Mr. Sanders cited Franklin D. Roosevelt and Winston Churchill, in the latter case noting that he disagrees with Sir Winston’s politics but praising him as a wartime leader. Mrs. Clinton agreed on FDR and also cited Nelson Mandela.

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There was a lot more blah-blah-blah that we’ve heard before. I won’t rehash it because nothing of note happened.

Much has been made of young people overwhelmingly supporting Bernie Sanders. I’m not sure they know who Henry Kissinger or Winston Churchill are.

“Hopefully after the 2016 election, some of the Republicans will come to their senses and realize we are not going to deport 11 or 12 million people in this country, and they will work with me to get comprehensive immigration reform.” —Hillary

“Here’s my promise: At the end of my first term as president, we will not have more people in jail than any other country.” —Bernie
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O tema das florestas ocupou os últimos anos de vida de Segall, motivando o surgimento de pinturas, aquarelas e desenhos inspirados em Campos do Jordão. Esse assunto era antigo na produção do artista, visível em pinturas dos anos 1910. No texto “Minhas recordações”, ele lembra os bosques de sua infância e as árvores imponentes que ladeavam a estrada que conduzia à cidade natal de Vilna, nessa época sob domínio da Rússia czarista. Durante a Primeir...
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Consider one anthropological hypothesis that concedes the possibility of a prehistoric humanity enjoying a high degree of technological development. Some evidence suggests that ancient people appear to have crafted a technology significantly more advanced than what we might imagine. Much of the support for this idea comes from the discovery of dozens of ancient cities submerged beneath the oceans across the entire planet.
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They realized that the men had rebelled and decided to exterminate them. Thousands of pumas left the cave and devoured the man who begged the devil for help. But the devil remained unmoved by their pleas. Seeing this, Inti, the god of the sun cried. Her tears were so abundant that in forty days the valley was flooded.”—Inca legend of Lake Titicaca
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I'm good with words. I can be an excellent, even diplomatic, communicator in various styles, vernaculars, points of view. I'm good at thinking critically , empathically and strategically. I think long term, act short term and do not enjoy mid terms. I'm handy with a command prompt, a camera and textual presentation. And I'm generally pretty good at haggling prices and making deals. Technical writer, diagrammer, story teller, merry maker. I can build an elaborate Intranet to be amazingly efficient, a pleasure to use daily, serviceable for everyone in your organization and productive as fuck - as long as Sharepoint has NOTHING to do with it. I can scope projects, provide post game analysis, identify process black holes, find money synergistically, fix your SMB/SME or home network, make you laugh, question long held beliefs or assumptions, champion change, work a room and close down the bar.
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    IT Director, 2004 - 2012
    Started as sys admin, became IT Manager, then IT Director. Proudest of the 802.11a PTP wireless bridge spanning 1000 ft to bridge an expansion office of 30+ ppl to our LAN. Also pretty happy with forklifted corporate communications infrastructure I built using Asterisk (VOIP telephony across the corporation including call center), Hylafax (for high volume incoming fax job ordering and automated document imaging) and Google Apps (email, corporate instant messaging, heavily utilized Intranet and document collaboration.)
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My use of this Google+ account is personal, amateur and likely offensive.

If you think you know me and where I work - you are wrong. You have me mistaken with a Thom that has thrived as an IT professional since 1997. That ain't me.

I know that Thom - we share a resemblance but he is way more boring and responsible.

For all anyone knows, I am a fictional character created for one or more people's entertainment and/or vexation.

Does that excuse my excesses? Probably not. I try to walk in love - sometimes I don't do so well.

I like class based delimiters of language (fuck you vs. you're fired), long elaborate setups mixed with esoteric punchlines, fart jokes in Old & Middle English (as long as that shits translated), taking photographs with my phone, gadgets, Android, reading about hacking, sci-fi, watching the watchers, judging the judgers, being the fool, donkeys, rhinos, monkeys, being a dad, engaging narrative in my native tongue ...

Spent a lot of time contrasting & road testing Christianity, Westernized Buddhism, my take on Taoism & Atheism as belief systems. You might say each system contributed to my experiments with truth.

I want more than flip hipster humor. Cooler than thou types - it's okay - one day you'll understand.

I am an ass.
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    English Literature, Interpersonal Communications, Theology & Philosophy, 1990 - 1994
    Interpersonal & Group communication theory, English Literature, Composition, Literary Journalism (as a study and a practice), print publishing (newspaper & periodicals,) Oratory & Rhetoric, Copy writing, Creative writing, Christian Canonical Text studies & Christian Theology, comparative religious studies, modern philosophy.
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    Fiction Writing, Chinese Philosophy, 1996 - 1996
    Wrote and criticized short stories, studied Chinese philosophers mainly from the Confucian school and Taoist school of thought. Also audited a magazine production class and hung around the school newspaper some.
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Obviously, it's a chain. It's no Amerigo's. Carrabba's is relatively consistent. My mezzaluna ravioli seemed bland. I liked my house salad with house dressing and the stuffed mushrooms, bread, and meat'n'cheese wrapped asparagus tasted yummy. The only real disappointment for me was the fact that they did not have Coke Zero. Our server was on her game. All in all, the food is probably overpriced for the quality, but my family and my wife's parents enjoyed themselves, and nobody complained about their food so, you know, how do you put a price on that?
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