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ICYMI: The fifth mission impossible film comes out this summer
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"Walter Byers, who became the first executive director of the NCAA in 1951, wrote that the NCAA is “firmly committed to the neoplantation belief that the enormous proceeds from games belong to the overseers (the administrators) and supervisors (coaches). The plantation workers performing in the arena may receive only those benefits authorized by the overseers.”
The NCAA needs to change—but let's use the correct analogy.
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"What makes slavery so difficult to think about, from the vantage point of history, is that it was both at odds with America’s founding values — freedom, liberty, democracy — and critical to how they flourished. The Declaration of Independence proclaiming that “all men are created equal” was drafted by men who were afforded the time to debate its language because the land that enriched many of them was tended to by slaves. The White House and the Capitol were built, in part, by slaves. The economy of early America, responsible for the nation’s swift rise and sustained power, would not have been possible without slavery. But the country’s longstanding culture of racism and racial tensions — from the lynchings of the Jim Crow-era South to the discriminatory housing policies of the North to the treatment of blacks by the police today — is deeply rooted in slavery as well. “Slavery gets understood as a kind of prehistory to freedom rather than what it really is: the foundation for a country where white supremacy was predicated upon African-American exploitation,” says Walter Johnson, a Harvard professor. “This is still, in many respects, the America of 2015.”"
Louisiana's River Road runs northwest from New Orleans to Baton Rouge, its two lanes snaking some 100 miles along the Mississippi and through a contradictory stretch of America. Flat and fertile, with oaks webbed in Spanish moss, the landscape stands in defiance of the numerous oil refineries ...
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"The report, titled Lynching in America: Confronting the Legacy of Racial Terror and published by the Equal Justice Initiative, took five years of research to complete, and covers the years 1877 to 1950 and the 4,000 sites where lynchings took place. The New York Times spoke to EJI's founder, Bryan Stevenson, about his project to build memorial markers to those who were lynched during those years in the South"
After compiling an inventory of 3,959 lynching victims in 12 Southern states from 1877 to 1950, the Equal Justice Initiative wants to erect markers and memorials on certain sites.
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"Don't get me wrong. Regulating broadband as a utility is (in my opinion) the correct policy. This is as close as Washington gets to a victory for the forces of "good." I would just urge everyone to keep in mind that the forces of good in this instance won not because millions of people made their voices heard, but because the economic interests of a few giant corporations aligned with the position of those millions of people. And I say that not simply to be a killjoy, but because if anything is to change, we musn't convince ourselves that actual victory for the masses is possible in this fundamentally broken system. Please don't begin to believe that the American political establishment is anything but a corrupt puppet of oligarchy."
"Net neutrality" will be the law of the land following the Federal Communications Commission's vote to reclassify broadband Internet services as public utilities. Please take some time this week to thank the outspoken citizens who made this possible. These heroes of the open Internet are regular folk, just like you and me, with names like Microsoft, eBay, Facebook, Google and Amazon. Congrats to a major industry on its lobbying victory!
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Clickhole made a browser-based adventure game about murder, growing up, bad rock ballads, and murder.
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ICYMI: Netflix and Judd Apatow are working on a new Pee Wee movie
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TL;DR: Costs $15/mo and will be available in April; exclusive to Apple only for the first three month (others will start selling in July); you do not need appleTV and can register for it through iTunes and then stream through a browser (and chromecast); all HBO streaming services will undoubtedly still retain some sort of middle man since HBO has never (and probably will never) developed or needed the infrastructure for advertising or billing, which was handled by cable providers. So if you're not paying for the service through Apple, you'll be paying for it through Amazon or Google.
Great news for Apple-loving cord-cutters: When HBO launches HBO Now, its new standalone subscription service, Apple will be its exclusive partner. You'll be able to watch after you sign up using an iOS device or Apple TV.
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I don't think it was the $15/mo that was keeping people away of HBO. It was the necessity of having cable service at $60+ before one can even get HBO that was stopping them. I wouldn't be paying for HBO if my apartments didn't give me free cable TV. 
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The infamous Guantanamo Bay is pioneering a new punishment: the use of solitary confinement without end. Ted Conover reports on the catastrophic psychological damage it causes, and how that practice is creeping into the U.S. correctional system.
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In 1992, a psychologist at New York University named Sam Tsemberis decided to test a new model. His idea was to just give the chronically homeless a place to live, on a permanent basis, without making them pass any tests or attend any programs or fill out any forms. "Okay," Tsemberis recalls thinking, "they're schizophrenic, alcoholic, traumatized, brain damaged. What if we don't make them pass any tests or fill out any forms? They aren't any good at that stuff. Inability to pass tests and fill out forms was a large part of how they ended up homeless in the first place. Why not just give them a place to live and offer them free counseling and therapy, health care, and let them decide if they want to participate? Why not treat chronically homeless people as human beings and members of our community who have a basic right to housing and health care?"
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I was only partially raised by my parents. They taught me some things: tying shoelaces, manners, the gentlemen's sport of cricket. But growing up alongside Sierra adventure games, they taught me pretty much everything else, from asinine grammar to correct police procedure to the very alarming fact that almost everything in the world can kill you at any moment.
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