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If you're in favor of helping the deserving poor, but you're not for open borders, I urge you to examine your stance on that issue. Choice quote:

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I say America should open its borders to them all.  Every other country should do the same.  But given America's illustrious open borders tradition, it is fitting that we lead the way.  My case for open borders comes down to two claims: One moral, one empirical. 

The moral claim: Immigration restrictions are unjust.  Letting people work for willing employers and rent from willing landlords is not charity.  It's basic decency.  And even though foreigners wickedly chose the wrong parents, they're clearly people. 

The empirical claim: Being just to foreigners would cost us less than nothing.  When people immigrate here to work, they simultaneously enrich themselves and us.  Though a high-skilled worker enriches us more than a low-skilled worker, the typical low-skilled worker is far better than nothing - and there's plenty of room for everyone.
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Amazon SES just disabled our production email sending with absolutely not notification in advance. One of our enterprise customers had a mail server problem and bounced almost all of the emails we sent them with a weekly report for their users. Evidently that was enough to override ~4 years of normal usage.

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The numbers are in. TARP transferred ~$70 billion of taxpayer money to financial firms. Remember when politicians were saying it might actually make money?
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If you like EDM and/or are going to Lollapalooza 2014, you'll be interested in this playlist. For each EDM artist at Lolla, this is their top-5 most popular tracks* and their entire latest album. Concerts are always better if you're familiar with the music and lots of this is both new to me and awesome.

* If a track from their latest album was in the top-5, I only included it with the album, so you get the full album-order effect.
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I would rather have good advice than advice that affirms my opinion and makes me feel good. 
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This PyCon marks my first trip to Montreal. So far, in very impressed by the downtown area. I really like urban malls (I live connected to one in Indianapolis) and theirs is a wonderful specimen. Great mix of form and function with a variety of businesses (including a grocery store) and beautiful 4-story open spaces.
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Yesss! Bell's Two Hearted is a great beer for slowing introducing folks to  like hops. It's still delicious if you like IPAs, but not so overwhelming that only hop-heads will enjoy it.
 
Two Hearted cans waiting their turn on the canning line. They begin shipping next week!
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Hooray Creative Commons!
 
Cool to see the Creative Commons work in the best way possible.
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Happiness booster of the day. Thanks to these folks for demonstrating that happiness is a choice we can all try to make :)
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I'm sure most of you would have seen the sensationalist stories on Phoronix and Slashdot about how the Gnome Foundation is "running out of money" because it "spent 25% of its income" on the Outreach Program for Women, and the inevitable troll backlash blaming the "femi-nazi" agenda, etc, etc.  Well, rather unsurprisingly, the real story is rather different, but as usual the trolls and click-bait websites don't like facts getting in the way of a good story that reinforces their preconceived biases or earns them ad-views.

The Outreach Program for Women is a sponsored internship where participating organisations like KDE or Python or Gnome find sponsors to pay for interns to work on projects as a way to encourage more women to participate in free software, and has been a huge success in doing so.  The Gnome Foundation runs this program for the other organisations, putting all the money through their own accounts, and charges an admin fee to cover their expenses in doing so.  The problem that Gnome has is a classic cash-flow crises that often hits small businesses that try to scale up too big too fast: they needed to pay all the interns before the sponsors had paid the Gnome Foundation their promised money.  As a result the Gnome Foundation dipped into their general funds to pay the interns, leaving them without any cash-in-hand to pay for their other activities.  Once the participating organisations and sponsors pay their promised money then the Gnome Foundation's cash reserves will be restored and they will be able to resume normal activities.

So the real story is that OPW was such a success that it out-grew the Gnome Foundation's ability to run it in an efficient and prudent manner.  I'm sure they will learn some important lessons and restructure the financial and admin side of OPW to keep the accounts separate and to ensure this doesn't happen again, because both the Gnome Foundation and the OPW are valuable contributors to the ongoing success of Free Software and it would be a real shame to lose either of them.

The story is also a healthy reminder that if you value the work done by organisations like the Gnome Foundation or the KDE eV or the EFF, then you should donate to ensure that they can continue that work.  These organisations run on shoe-string budgets and even small donations can make a huge difference.
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Service was friendly, but incredibly slow. Went for lunch with a group of 5 at 11 with 3 other tables in the place. Hamburger and tuna melt took 15 minutes with a turkey sandwich and philly cheese steak taking 20 after that (first two were basically finished). Waited 15 after that and they forgot about the omelette (with 15 customers in the whole place). Home fries were bland. Philly cheese steak was ok. Tuna melt was good. Burger wasn't quite as good as wendys. omelette was good. Prices were high for the quality ($6 for turkey lunch meat sandwich with no cheese) Keep driving if you're on the highway, otherwise bring a book and get the tuna melt.
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