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A nice summary of the history of trans activism in the US and the life of one of its founders.

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Decades before Caitlyn Jenner, Phyllis Frye was grappling with bias, scorn and personal pain, and helping the transgender movement take shape.
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A very Canadian story this morning...

"A professor of political history testifying at a hearing over the right to buy beer in another province says the Fathers of Confederation wanted Canada to be a united country with unfettered trade."

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A professor of political history testifying at a hearing over the right to buy beer in another province says the Fathers of Confederation wanted Canada to be a united country with unfettered trade
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"Bechdel, however, wasn’t the originator of the test. She has long attributed the idea of the Bechdel test to her friend Liz Wallace, who mentioned the standard to her as Bechdel was looking for ideas for Dykes to Watch Out For. "

p.s. today is a good day to not read the comments

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And why the woman it's named after wants to share the credit
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"Despite a deeply rooted national aversion to waste, discarded homes are spreading across Japan like a blight in a garden. Long-term vacancy rates have climbed significantly higher than in the United States or Europe, and some eight million dwellings are now unoccupied, according to a government count. Nearly half of them have been forsaken completely — neither for sale nor for rent, they simply sit there, in varying states of disrepair."

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Some eight million unoccupied homes across Japan are the most visible sign of human retreat in a country where the population is forecast to fall by a third over the next 50 years.
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"Over the weekend, the Kentucky senator said he gave $250,000 to his state’s Republican Party for the explicit purpose of funding its presidential caucus in March. He promised to pony up another $200,000 in the fall, enough to cover the entire cost of the nominating event. Put another way: Paul is paying the party to hold an election in which he is running."

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The 2016 hopeful is trying to buy his way around a state law that could cost him his Senate seat.
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"Lawmakers from California, Texas and Virginia are wooing the autonomous-car industry, along with the jobs and tax revenue that come with it.

They are financing research centers, building fake suburbs for testing the cars and, perhaps most important, going light on regulation, all in an effort to attract a rapidly growing industry."

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The auto industry will spend billions developing the technology, and many states are being careful not to pass laws that would scare those dollars away.
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"The report released in March by the Department of Investigation, which was commissioned by the administration of Mr. de Blasio, a Democrat, found that private apartment buildings were the most troubled of several types of shelter the city uses.

'The inspected clusters were found to be the worst maintained, the most poorly monitored, and to have provided the least adequate social services to families,' the report said, adding that investigators 'observed these buildings to be run down, filthy and often riddled with rats, mice and/or roaches.'"

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Mayor Bill de Blasio has not delivered on his pledge to end the city’s use of an emergency form of housing that officials have deemed abhorrent and ineffective.
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"[Researchers] used an automated speech-analysis program to correctly differentiate — with 100-percent accuracy — between at-risk young people who developed psychosis over a two-and-a-half year period and those who did not. The computer model also outperformed other advanced screening technologies, like biomarkers from neuroimaging and EEG recordings of brain activity."

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A new study finds a computerized word analysis is flawless guessing whether a person will have a psychotic episode.
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"The song arrives in a swirl of electronic sound and vanishes in a distant echo, like a phantasm. But behind it, as with most Top 10 hits, is a matrix of inspirations and decisions, coincidences and hard work, marketing and luck. In a series of interviews, the people behind the hit provided a detailed look at the work that went into 'Where Are Ü Now,' for a case study in the way pop music is made today."

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How Diplo and Skrillex turned a ballad by Justin Bieber into an E.D.M hit.
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"Police in Boston say that one of two brothers who allegedly beat a homeless Hispanic man cited Trump’s message on immigration as a motivation for their attack. 'Donald Trump was right, all these illegals need to be deported,' Scott Leader, 38, told officers, according to a police report cited by The Boston Globe."

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One of two men who allegedly beat a homeless Hispanic man cited the Republican presidential candidate’s criticism of immigrants as a motivation. Latino leaders aren't surprised.
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"There are more than a dozen loosely affiliated sanctuaries across three continents today, but in the same year that [Harry] Hay made his pronouncement, the mother ship of the faeries landed on Short Mountain, one of the tallest points in Middle Tennessee. It remains home to what is almost certainly the largest, oldest, best known and most visited planned community for lesbian, gay and transgender people in the country, a place that one local described to me as a veritable Gayberry, U.S.A."

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After decades of semi-secrecy, a commune for L.G.B.T.Q. nonconformists has slowly begun to join the mainstream.
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"While the crisis is playing out most vividly today, its cause dates back decades and stems, in large part, from a vast disparity in federal funding for health care on the island compared with funding for the 50 states. This disparity is partly responsible for $25 billion of Puerto Rico’s $73 billion debt, as Puerto Rico’s government was forced to borrow over time to keep the Medicaid program afloat, according to economists."

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More than 60 percent of Puerto Ricans receive Medicare or Medicaid, but planned cuts to a program and the loss of doctors to the mainland are raising fears that the system is near collapsing.
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