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Eric Aderhold
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It's been fun to watch Cindy win three days in a row despite having stage IV cancer when taping and pretty obviously not 100%. She was a member of LearnedLeague (where I am also a member). She, along with a number of other Jeopardy! champions, was in level A, while I've been consistently in Level D.

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"Those who carry the banners of 'preserving neighborhood character' are not so different from those that wear the caps of 'Make America Great Again.' They scorn change, with misplaced nostalgia and destructive consequences. The mostly white homeowners continue to 'protect' their neighborhoods. The ring of single family homes around our booming downtowns has become a noose.

They did not want things to change. They bought homes in a community that looked a certain way. It was an unwritten promise that this was how it would always be. So they worked to make it a legally written promise. They wrote zoning laws that promised things would not change, and local government would enforce the status quo.

These suburban and semi-urban people mostly identified as liberal. They wanted all the benefits of being close to the city, but wanted none of the costs. They formed local governments pliable to their local interests: keeping transit out, paying for schools only their children could attend, and keeping density so low that none of the riff-raff could move in. But fundamentally, they didn’t like the 'dirty' downtown. And they worked hard to keep density low."

Every time I see major political races won without a majority of the vote, I think maybe this will be the year we see some significant major-party support for instant runoff voting. Every time I have been wrong. If this isn't enough to do it, at least for the Democrats, I'm not sure what will.

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I really like the "don't feed the trolls" metaphor. Terrorists are little more than real-life trolls, whose power over us grows the more attention we give them.

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"The results provide evidence of a significant bias in the killing of unarmed black Americans relative to unarmed white Americans, in that the probability of being {black, unarmed, and shot by police} is about 3.49 times the probability of being {white, unarmed, and shot by police} on average."

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"There is no relationship between county-level racial bias in police shootings and crime rates (even race-specific crime rates), meaning that the racial bias observed in police shootings in this data set is not explainable as a response to local-level crime rates."

This is a race issue. Anyone who says otherwise is objectively wrong and should be pointed at this paper.

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I agree with much of this. I plan to stay home from the Democratic caucus next week. Not only do I not have a strong preference between Clinton and Sanders, but I want to retain my right to vote for !Trump in the GOP primary later.
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