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This makes it so clear how clueless the fortunate are about their luck.
 
In case you STILL don't understand what "privilege" is ... 
A short story about privilege. By Toby Morris.
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Paul Krugman gets the sheer wrongness of the Iraq war so right.

He doesn't go there, but I'm going to turn it to a question for Hillary. With George Bush's rational for war so patently false, why did you betray the country with that horrible vote for the war? There is no good answer, I know. Nevertheless now you have proven your lack of judgment and you want to be president? Not.

I don't think you have any right for the office. I don't really care how many billionaires you have on your side. You don't deserve to be President.
 
From Professor Krugman:

"[T]he crucial thing to understand is that the invasion wasn’t a mistake, it was a crime. We were lied into war. And we shouldn’t let that ugly truth be forgotten."

This is #TheTruth. For all of his Evil, ethnic cleansing, and Crimes Against Humanity, Saddam did not possess the Weapons of Mass Destruction claimed by Cheney and the Bush administration. It was One Big Lie that led us into Iraq and now we are stuck with ISIS.

You know who also is One Big Lie?

"Consider the long period when Paul Ryan was held up as the very model of a serious, honest, conservative. It was obvious from the beginning, if you were willing to do even a bit of homework, that he was a fraud, and that his alleged concern about the deficit was just a cover for the real goal of dismantling the welfare state. Even the inflation craziness may be best explained in terms of the political agenda: people on the right were furious with the Fed for, as they saw it, heading off the fiscal crisis they wanted to justify their anti-social-insurance crusade, so they put pressure on the Fed to stop doing its job."
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Fantastic features we don't have in the English language
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The need to specify time when expressing an activity has some good elements as well. Speakers of languages that force you to be very specific about time do better at planning for future events. This part of English is likely to disappear as most new speakers will say that "I go to store, yesterday" rather than the simpler "Yesterday I went to the store"
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Geesh there was a fire at my hotel, thankfully in a different building. Nobody was hurt, but I was awakened by the alarm, and smelled the smoke.

Dozens of firefighters and police showed up, just barely in time to put it out.

I was asked to go back to my room, but the people in the burnt building are going to have to sleep elsewhere. 
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I am really excited to have a candidate in the race with such pragmatic, moderate positions on the issues. It's up to all of us to change the many misperceptions people will get from the mainstream media.
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I can bring my not inconsiderable skills as a graphic designer and web programmer. I have a color laser printer that can put out flyers posters and cards at low cost to do very locally targeted actions. If we could get "Feel the Bern" #FeelTheBern parties going, we could get our friends to make small contributions even if it is getting posters out, lawn fences. Real grass roots stuff. But ever so sophisticatedly organized. get really good graphics and help people living fairly near to each other work together on stuff that gets out the vote.
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Bernie is getting good traction already. Let's see where it goes. It's so smart that he's running as a Democrat so he can't be a spoiler.
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Democratic Socialist infrastructure! #BernieSandersForPresident
 
The Triangeln train station in Malmö is part of a railway tunnel - a project that was completed 6 months early and 10% under budget back in 2010. More info: http://swedn.me/1EmYwR1  
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Light is an electromagnetic wave. This was shown definitively when James Clerk Maxwell unified electricity, magnetism and light into a single theory of electromagnetism in the 1860s. By the early 1900s the wave nature of light had been confirmed in numerous ways, from Young’s double slit experiment to diffraction gratings. But there were some phenomena that didn’t quite make sense under the wave model of light, such as the photoelectric effect.

In the late 1800s it was noticed that when a charged metal plate was illuminated by ultraviolet light it would begin to emit electrons. At the time it was thought that this photoelectric effect was due to the electromagnetic waves of ultraviolet light shaking electrons out of the metal, but when the effect was studied in detail that didn’t seem to add up.

Waves can be defined by their frequency (how quickly the waves oscillate) and their amplitude (how large each wave is). The energy of a wave depends upon its amplitude, which for light is related to its brightness. This means that brighter light should cause the released electrons to have have more energy (since brighter light has more energy to give) and dimmer light should give them less energy. In other words, the energy of the electrons should depend on the amplitude of the light.

But experiments showed that the energy depended upon the frequency. The energy of electrons released under a particular a particular frequency of ultraviolet light was always the same. Increasing or decreasing the intensity of the light increased or decreased the number of electrons emitted, but not their individual energies. However if a different color (frequency) of light on the metal, the emitted electrons would have a different energy. The lower the frequency, the lower the electron energy. What made things more strange was that there was a minimum frequency below which no electrons would be released at all. For example, with red light no electrons would be released from the metal, no matter how bright the red light was. On the other hand, very faint ultraviolet light (which has very little energy) would trigger the release of a few electrons.

You can see how odd this is if you imagine the electrons to be like ping pong balls scattered along a beach. The waves of light are then like the waves of the ocean, which can wash the ping pong balls into the sea (like causing the release of electrons from the metal). Now imagine that a very large but slow wave washes onto the shore, but all the ping pong balls stay on the shore. On the other hand, a tiny but quick wave washes along the shore, and a couple of ping pong balls wash into the sea. It makes no sense that the little wave can do what the large wave cannot.

Einstein resolved this problem by proposing that light is not just a wave. In “On a Heuristic Point of View about the Creation and Conversion of Light” he drew upon earlier work by Max Planck. Planck had studied another phenomena where the wave model didn’t quite add up known as blackbody radiation. In his work Planck proposed that atoms could only emit light energy in packets. The amount of energy in each packet increases at shorter wavelengths. Einstein proposed that light itself was composed of these packets, or photons, where the energy of each photon is a product of its frequency and Planck’s constant. This means that at higher frequencies photons have more energy, and at lower frequencies they have less energy. In other words, unlike a wave, which can give some or all of its energy to an object, photons can only give all their energy or none of it. So an electron in the metal can either absorb all the energy of a photon (allowing it to escape the metal) or none of it.

This idea explained why higher frequency light caused the released electrons to have more energy, since higher frequency photons give more energy to the electrons. Likewise it explained why brighter light released more electrons. Since brighter light contains more photons, more electrons can absorb a photon to escape the metal. It also explained why bright red light caused no electrons to escape. There is a minimum amount of energy required for the electron to escape the metal, known as the work function. To use our ping pong ball analogy, it takes a certain amount of energy to move the ball off the beach and into the water. Since the photons of red light have less energy than the work function, they can’t give the electrons enough energy to escape. Brighter red light, with more low-energy photons, still leaves the electrons trapped.

Einstein’s solution of the photoelectric effect was one of the foundational works of quantum theory. It opened our eyes to the dual nature of matter, and paved the way to our modern understanding of the cosmos.

Tomorrow: Einstein attacks our intuitive understanding of space and time, and lays the groundwork for his famous theory of gravity.

Paper:  Einstein, Albert. Über einen die Erzeugung und Verwandlung des Lichtes betreffenden heuristischen Gesichtspunkt. Annalen der Physik 17 (6): 132–148 (1905).
Einstein's solution of the photoelectric effect was to propose that light is made of photons. His work ushered in the age of quantum theory.
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I just contributed to Bernie's campaign. It isn't a lot, but I want to have a vote for real change.
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Other than a great place to get a beer, the food is really corporate cheap and awful. The heavily bleached flour used on crusts tastes like paste, there's was too much rather low quality sausage in my calzone, not enough veggies, ricotta, or sauce. Salad was iceberg and fake croutons and cheap bottled dressing.
Public - 2 months ago
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It's not very good, just over breaded salty fried chicken, fried in somewhat stale over heated oil. It had acceptable spices. The only tasty thing was the beans and it was a tiny cup. It was tasty enough to finish what i ordered but there are better and much more nutritious places to go, i won't try it again..
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The food is ok, but the magaritas are insipidly sweet. There are only mexican beers on tap.
Public - 3 months ago
reviewed 3 months ago
For the prices they charge the food is OK, but not that memorable. The rather soggy smoked turkey on my sandwich was marinated in something mildly sour, and barely tasted smoked or spicy.
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The food is not so great, typical corporate fare. The salad was mostly tasteless iceberg lettuce, and the croutons were made in some huge factory somewhere, salty, rancid and laced with MSG. The dressing was also not made fresh, but it wasn't awful. The calzone came with a rather bland marinara. Their pizza dough tastes like paste, no flavor, the flour bleached so white. There was too much meat not enough sauce or cheese, especially none of the usual ricotta, so it was a gut bomb, not food. The only bright spot is the huge beer selection.
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Public - 3 months ago
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Service is friendly but somewhat awkward but the food is amazing good and inexpensive.
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Some of the food is really great. Prices are reasonable for what you get. I've had some tasty lunches here, not too bad for a chain. Decent salads and / or vegetables accompany some of the meals. They also do pretty good with the happy hour specials, all of which are better than average (other than the garlic fries, anyway). I do agree that the garlic fries are soggy and perhaps more than a bit too much garlic. The regular fries are better. Their in-house beer is OK, but they avoid making anything with any character or hops. They do an OK, very pleasant Pilsner, but nothing else to really get that much excited about. There are much better places to get good brews which is rather odd for a "Brewery" restaurant.
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