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When is that Internet of Things going to take over?  Right now, inside my house, there is a loud sound. Three short shrieks, then 50 seconds, then again.  

It would be so nice to have a list of devices, see an error message, and know what needs attention. 
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Good news from outer space! 
A little sunlight applied to solar panels proved the cure for what ailed the European Space Agency's Philae lander, which had been dormant from lack of power since November.
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Just a little bit of self awareness, please? 
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So, the solution is to convince the GOP that urban residents are freedom-fighters, so they can spend billions of dollars from the defense budget on them! After all, we spend a lot trying to rebuild and stabilize Iraq, and that's much further away than our own cities.
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This essay is excellent and right. 
 
"The mother in the clip, not unlike most black mamas I know, is not implying that there is anything wrong with protesting or acting in response to yet another injustice.  She is scared as hell that the presence of her child is dangerous because his black bodied-ness and maleness and open defiance to authority could cost him his life."

And this is exactly what I've been thinking, while people have been applauding her for not letting her son behave like a "thug" - they really don't get it. She was trying to get him before the riot police did.
I planned to write a blog about the unconscionable inconsolable injustice that is plaguing the black community right now.  I was going to write about how black lives matter (always have, always wil...
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The essay matches her statement sometimes things are simply more obvious for us.
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This is shocking. Embarrassing. Shameful.  
 
And it's happening to pretty much everybody, including me, which is why I just sort of sigh and close the tab when someone asks me, "Why don't you just go to the VA hospital?"

Me and about a million vets would be highly obliged if you were to reshare this. Much love.
Iraq war veteran Chris Dorsey figured that no one would believe he had been turned away from a VA clinic when he sought an appointment for
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Confederate flag at SC capitol: This calls for Nonviolent Direct Action by the Governor. She should get a few dozen volunteers from the staff at the capitol, and get that flag down.  On camera. 
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In this case, she'd be trying to get arrested. If she was surrounded by state police who had volunteered to participate, it would be a powerful anti-racist statement, photos and videos would be carried around the world immediately. 
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Until reading this, I assumed the idea of a basic income for everyone would never fly in the US, not even in the most liberal states. Now it almost seems inevitable, but in a good way. 

Workers, consumers, citizens will have to get globally organized. Bankers have a huge head start in globalization, but we can do this -- if we want to. 
 
"No one should be asking what we’re going to do if computers take our jobs.

"We should all be asking what we get to do once freed from them."

The beginning of the end of labor as we know it is starting. This will fundamentally disrupt our existing socioeconomic system. Whether this leads to dystopia or utopia rests largely in the hands of politicians.

Yeah. I'm sure they'll make the right decisions.

#politics #mincome #basicincome #tech #economy #thefutureisnow #weliveinthefuture #selfdrivingcars #autonomousvehicles #welcomeourrobotoverlords  
The imminent need for basic income in recognition of our machine-driven future
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from Matt Taibbi

"When I first met Bernie Sanders, I'd just spent over a decade living in formerly communist Russia. The word "socialist" therefore had highly negative connotations for me, to the point where I didn't even like to say it out loud.

But Bernie Sanders is not Bukharin or Trotsky. His concept of "Democratic Socialism" as I've come to understand it over the years is that an elected government should occasionally step in and offer an objection or two toward our progress to undisguised oligarchy. Or, as in the case of not giving tax breaks to companies who move factories overseas, our government should at least not finance the disappearance of the middle class."
Many years ago I pitched a magazine editor on a story about Bernie Sanders, then a congressman from Vermont, who'd agreed to something extraordinary – he agreed to let me, a reporter, stick next to him without restrictions over the course of a month in congress. "People need to know how this place works. It's absurd," he'd said. (Bernie often uses the word absurd, his Brooklyn roots coming through in his pronunciation – ob-zert.)
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I got the chills from this. 
 
This is the most motivating shit I ever heard. +Maximus Thor for mutha fuckin President.
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Haven't checked in on this little shyt's crew in a minute.. taken snaps of at least half of the graffiti backdrops.
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Are you an artist or you wish you were? Here's what I wish I had read 30 years ago: 

“Nobody tells this to people who are beginners, I wish someone told me. All of us who do creative work, we get into it because we have good taste. But there is this gap. For the first couple years you make stuff, it’s just not that good. It’s trying to be good, it has potential, but it’s not. But your taste, the thing that got you into the game, is still killer. And your taste is why your work disappoints you. A lot of people never get past this phase, they quit. Most people I know who do interesting, creative work went through years of this. We know our work doesn’t have this special thing that we want it to have. We all go through this. And if you are just starting out or you are still in this phase, you gotta know its normal and the most important thing you can do is do a lot of work. Put yourself on a deadline so that every week you will finish one story. It is only by going through a volume of work that you will close that gap, and your work will be as good as your ambitions. And I took longer to figure out how to do this than anyone I’ve ever met. It’s gonna take awhile. It’s normal to take awhile. You’ve just gotta fight your way through.” ― Ira Glass

Or a shared 99% or Occupy circle? Or maybe you circled me because of something I wrote? Thanks! 

George Carlin on the Occupy movement. 

Howard Zinn on the 99%  "One percent of the nation owns a third of the wealth. The rest of the wealth is distributed in such a way as to turn those in the 99 percent against one another: small property owners against the propertyless, black against white, native-born against foreign-born, intellectuals and professionals against the uneducated and unskilled. These groups have resented one another and warred against one another with such vehemence and violence as to obscure their common position as sharers of leftovers in a very wealthy country."
- Howard Zinn, excerpt from The People's History of the United States  [He died before the Occupy movement was born, but he was there when it was conceived.] 

I believe in simple solutions to complicated problems. 
I believe in worker-owned businesses. I believe we ought to reward production and tax waste. I believe we could get rid of the income tax altogether and institute a carbon tax, if it was very high, would be transformative. Globally, the economy would localize and flourish with new businesses. Apprenticeships would come back into style. Scientists would eventually come up with a way to use solar energy, and the whole world will be fed. 
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Duck Noodle Soup is yummy.
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this store is closed
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...have people who will be rude and lie to you, but this one does. Details? OK. I'm annoyed enough for that. Though the box didn't say Mac, the salesman and then a saleswoman assured me that the device would work on a Mac. I bought it, installed it, called tech support when it didn't work and he said no, those don't work on Macs. When I returned it, I griped a little because I had called in advance and asked, and I wouldn't have wasted the afternoon and a gallon of gas if they had said no in the first place. She loudly insisted that I had not specified Mac, but having been a Mac user for 20 years, I was quite sure I wouldn't forget to specify, since most things that say Windows do not work with Macs, but some things do, especially things that use multiplatform standards like wireless devices. I said for her not to worry about it, she would never see me again, and on the way out I asked the salesman if he remembered me saying Mac on the phone and in front of her in the store ? He said "Yes." So record what you say to the bleached blond saleswoman in this store.
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This was a great store, but it is closed. This review must be 100 characters? But there is not much to say, the shop is closed. It is no more. There may be another store here someday, but it is empty now.
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