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Two thoughts about free speech
The only people who do not deserve free speech are the people who mock it—but they should have it anyway. "I believe in free speech, but..." is the censor's equivalent of "I'm not racist, but..." The "but" reveals the truth.
The only people who do not deserve free speech are the people who mock it—but they should have it anyway. "I believe in free speech, but..." is the censor's equivalent of "I'm not racist, but..." The "but" reveals the truth.
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Complex, contrasting flavors are a hallmark of Indian cooking. They used to dominate Western food, too. What changed? When spices became less exclusive, Europe's elite revamped their cuisines.
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Russian intercontinental ballistic missiles are believed to carry a total of approximately 1,000 strategic nuclear warheads that can hit the US less than 30 minutes after being launched. Of this total, about 700 warheads are rated at 800 kilotons; that is, each has the explosive power of 800,000 tons of TNT. What follows is a description of the consequences of the detonation of a single such warhead over midtown Manhattan, in the heart of New Yor...
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+Dave Trowbridge We used to use the government maps from civil defence for the area because we had a few likely secondary strike zones (ge defence  research& a nuke power plant).obviously it was just teenage kids playing at civil defence 
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Though federal schools money can serve as an equalizer, Education Secretary Arne Duncan says there are "separate and unequal" school systems.
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+Will Shetterly I can't entirely agree about #2. I feel pretty sure, although open to correction, that gelded labor unions are worse than no unions. But perhaps that's just a form of revolutionary defeatism.

Some of the less co-opted unions--like those forming for janitors--may indeed be better than the money-sucking, soul-destroying nothingness of most of organized labor.

TL;DR The only hope of the labor movement is bottom up governance rather than top-down and mostly illusory largesse.
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Its time they started paying their taxes.
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Who are we kidding... if churches paid taxes it would probably just go toward the military anyway.
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"What do we do about drug users with basic incomes?" - The question of UBI and addictive behavior
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intresting. It seems that the first argument against UBI is a thinly veiled stab at whatever racial/ethnic group people don't like couched in "think of the kids" rhetoric
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"Nice, good people like us can be more terrifying than trolls."

http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/03/jon-ronson-on-monica-lewinsky-and-cybershaming.html
The <em>So You've Been Publicly Shamed</em> author sees Lewinsky as a "kindred spirit."
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And unremarked part of shaming is that people are routinely "called out on their "bullsh*t" when has the effect of pre-butting any kind of reflection as to possible contexts for the critical statement, or any kind of explanation or excuse that might be offered.

Someone said something horrible, and the impulse is to say "I'm not interested in any justification at this point: they will only compound the offense"
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Three ways to see Cats Laughing at Minicon 50
1)         Live at  Minicon 50       Friday ,  April 3  ~ 8p       Doubletree Inn – Bloomington      $40 at the door one-day  registration  for the convention also gets you into the concert 2)        ConcertWindow  – live streaming concerts on your computor...
1)      Live at Minicon 50      Friday, April 3 ~ 8p      Doubletree Inn – Bloomington      $40 at the door one-day registration for the convention also gets you into the concert 2)      ConcertWindow – live streaming conc...
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We'll be at Minicon! See you there, hopefully. 
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"How it is that we once again find ourselves rooting out sin, shunning heretics, and heralding the end times"
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I have to add here that the writer of the WS article has a very fragile grasp of what "apocalypse" really means. By equating it with Armageddon, he confuses the discourses of apocalyptic and eschatology.

Apocalpytic is the unveiling (Koine Greek:  ἀποκάλυψις apocálypsis: uncovering) of a spiritual reality, in which sense the struggles to make sense of racism in the United States may rightly be called apocalyptic, and the attempts of many conservatives to deny the validity of these struggles, are simply Oz's attempt to pull the curtain closed again to cover a flagrant spiritual "nekkidness." (Naked: unclothed; nekkid, unclothed and up to no good."

By contrast, eschatology, the study of "last things" (Koine: ἔσχατος, eschatos) does concern the end of the world: in Abrahamic terms, the final breaking-in of the Eternal's justice and the remaking of the world.

They are often combined in Christian thought in particular, so this confusion is understandable. Even today, one can see this combination explicated, scientifically if unintentionally, by the harrowing article What would happen if an 800-kiloton nuclear warhead detonated above midtown Manhattan? (http://goo.gl/gYRj31), which combines the unveiling of the true cost of our reliance on violence to sustain our political organizations with the final breaking in of God's justice via the execution of mutual assured destruction. However, one must read that article in combination with A Canticle for Leibowitz to get to the "remaking" part.
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An internet meme about the female gaze and objectification
The cartoonist fails to grasp that her idea of a sexy Batman is not every woman's idea. It's not dishonest, of course, because it's her idea of sexy. But if you want to know what most women think a sexy guy looks like, romance covers are a useful place to s...
The cartoonist fails to grasp that her idea of a sexy Batman is not every woman's idea. It's not dishonest, of course, because it's her idea of sexy. But if you want to know what most women think a sexy guy looks like, romanc...
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At least it's not about Barbie. That shit's hard enough to take from culty women. Guys disguising obvious EEEW GIRLY STUFF as feminisms make me want to punch them, which makes me feel like a bully.

I'm sexist enough that I don't have that conflict going on inside when a woman spouts Bermuda Triangle nonsense about how pink toys and playing house are slavery. At least.
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