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OSCAR will be ... well, not offline, but in a likely unusable state ...
around 8am EDT (Noon GMT) on Saturday, July 4, 2015. This outage should
last no more than an hour.

Please circulate this information wherever OSCAR users can be found.

(I need to do some maintenance on the installed code and database that
means that the server will be unresponsive at times.)

 - Istvan
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Breaking news (details probably shortly available in many places, such as SCOTUSBLOG): Arizon's legislature had standing to object to the transfer of district drawing to an independent commission, but their complaint still fails. That means that taking the drawing of district boundaries out of the hands of the legislature is not unconstitutional.

Yay!
Court-related coverage and commentary are dominated by Friday's decision in Obergefell v. Hodges, in which the Court struck down state bans on same-sex marriage and the recognition thereof. Andrew Hamm rounded up early coverage of the decision for this blog; other coverage comes from NPR's Nina ...
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As a citizen of Arizona, I am so happy right now. weeeeeeee
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I can totally get behind the letter contained herein.
 
"I am a historian of the Civil War and Reconstruction Eras, and I am qualified to engage with the arguments marshaled in defense of the Confederate Flag now intensifying in reaction to the critical voices emanating from throughout the country."
The murder of nine Americans by a terrorist in Charleston Wednesday night, besides being a monumental tragedy, also gave us the absurd spectacle of South Carolina Governor Nikki Haley (a woman of c...
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This is not the most comfortable read, especially if you consider yourself a good White Liberal. On the other hand, I think it's well written and to the point, and not overly current-event topical. 
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Some grist for the mill ...

Deafening silence and mere platitudes may be the result of 'racism' - as in any kind of common sense signifier - becoming so finely nuanced and pervasively identified that people of all walks can only equivocate.  Any and all behavior - including simple human compassion - has fallen under the embrace of racism.  Parsing the hydra is beyond most folks.

I'm in the grocery store.  A black woman is smacking her kid and screaming at him.  If I give her a hard look, an aggravated stance and a deep voiced "HEY!  Cool it.", am I racist because I am not sensitive to varying cultural child-rearing practices?

Or am I racist if I just turn down another aisle and head for the back to escape the pandemonium, because they are black and I just don't give a fig about them beating each other?

Even if all I wanted to do was to shop in some sort of calm environment I can be labelled as a racist.

Bringing me to another point about silence.  The 'racist' pejorative has been thrown against an equally broad field of behavior and belief; to both identify egregious behavior and to blunt-stop discussion.  Despite losing its meaning, it is still a towering racial epitaph people are loathe to incur even if they fail to understand how they invoke it.

The third source of silence - especially from liberals - could be embarrassment.  I will leave you to consider the source of that, because any talk about it will only qualify as 'racist' - be it true, racially motivated, speculative or merely observant.

And that is a shame.
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I found myself nodding steadily as I read this discourse on the subject from a very white, male, privileged-and-I-know-it type person who knows he is wildly ill positioned to comment substantively on the deep issues (and that string of prose applies to me as well). 

This is a mess, and assholes will (as has been painfully obvious) be assholes. Jim is trying not to be an asshole (and I think he succeeds). 

Read this.
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You know, if she succeeds in this, it is blotto for the argument that whites are de-facto racists because of their skin color/cultural bias.
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Wow. Colombia, who had never won a Women's World Cup soccer game shocked France 2-0 today. Colombia was the 28 seed; France, 3. 

One goal in the 19th minute; the second in stoppage time.

An impressive game.
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The letter carrier knocked. I had to sign for a package. From Germany.

Yes, I just received my copy of the new book on the Arlon stole and maniple.

It's a large format, softcover book. Excellent photographs of the motifs and of the authors reconstruction. Orgasmic…

I've barely had a chance to glance through it, but it appears to be everything I was hoping it would be.

I noticed that the author did not switch into 3/1 repp between figures. I'm also curious to compare her drafts to mine. A quick look at one I recognize shows some differences between the original and her redaction. The small sample doesn't alter the outline, just some of the internal detailing. Sort of the Laurel Handshake thing.

I could get real picky about fine details, but beyond that allusion, I'll be nice. For one thing, she's showing her work next to the original, and the images are very clear. I would have no trouble drafting patterns straight from the pictures, and that makes me insanely happy.

I expect this book to come the KWHSS with me Just Because I Can, and of course to Pennsic. 

It got to me in quite creditable time; the 11 Euros for shipping were well spent. 

#arlon   #ZOMG   #stringasm  #31twill
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More precisely, I ordered it on 4 June and got it on 13 June.
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And I can turn sand into appletinis!
WEINERSMITH · WEEKLY WEINERSMITH · THE WEINERWORKS · EMAIL ZACH FACEBOOK FAN CLUB. BAHFest West 2015. Oct 22, San Francisco. BAHFest East 2015. September 19, MIT. BAHFest Seattle 2015. Date TBD, Seattle. Tweets by @ZachWeiner.
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Kathleen Parker writes: "After the massacre of nine people at Charleston’s Emanuel AME Church, the pro-Southern-heritage argument for the flag can no longer hold."

Well, the flag *is* symbolic of pro-Southern heritage, but not in a good way at all. As she notes further down, seeing a pickup truck with that flag in the window caused her fear as she imagined an African-American might feel, being a sign of danger.

The reflection of "southern heritage" in the flag still holds. A heritage of hate.
In the wake of the Charleston massacre, the heritage argument for the flag falls flat.
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Well, that's democracy for you.
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This is an interesting and considerate discussion of the question and some close tangents. Thought provoking, not preachy.
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The author does not arrive at an answer to the question. More to the point, reasonable people will differ, and it has a situational component that cannot be disregarded.
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After seeing the post from +David Cameron Staples about the Australian minister who wants to be able to unilaterally and summarily strip Australians of their citizenship, this caught my eye.
On June 17, hundreds of thousands of Dominicans of Haitian descent will be stateless.
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Philae is alive!
Philae comet lander wakes up http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/science-environment-33126885
The European Space Agency says its comet lander, Philae, has woken up and contacted Earth.
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LOL! You almost made me spit coffee, +Helen Woolverton​!
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Herald, woodworker,weaver, computer and database geek, poker of hornet's nests
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Herald, woodworker, card weaver (have I shown you my 3/1 twill stuff?), computer/database geek.
 
Morsulus Herald, Herveus d'Ormonde, in the SCA.
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