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It is very important to UC Davis that you forget the incident in which non-aggressive student protesters were summarily pepper-sprayed by campus police. Please do not link or otherwise mention this incident, which is embarrassing to Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, due to her presumable complicity in authorizing extrajudicial punishment against nonviolent citizens.
UC Davis contracted with consultants for at least $175,000 to scrub the Internet of negative online postings following the November 2011 pepper-spraying of students and to improve the reputations of both the university and Chancellor Linda P.B. Katehi, newly released documents show.
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I switched back to the old G+ site after running the "new Google+" since it was first offered. I virtually never change back to the  "old style" on any website, but when I did it this time it was like a cool breeze.
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In the meantime every Google page has this little notification toolbar, as if it's supposed to be integrated...
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Predictably, George R.R. Martin has fucked up. Winds of Winter is not done, and will be delayed until after Season 6 of Game of Thrones. The book will be spoiled by the inferior TV series, and as we all know it is impossible to avoid seeing these things while also participating in internet.

This is what I get for breaking my own rules and starting a book series before it's complete.
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Your mistake was participating in internet.
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So the video-game-industry-and-media-politics-social-media-experience has been going nuts since yesterday when Alison Rapp, this previously-outward-facing Nintendo marketing person was fired.  She had been the target of some aggressive GamerGate-and-so-aligned harassment.  She was, presumably, targeted because of her self-described radical feminist views as promulgated on Twitter, and because of a college paper she wrote wherein she argued, on (I believe) free speech and cultural-autonomy grounds, against Western countries pressuring countries like Japan to crack down with child pornography laws on fictional depictions of nonexistent minors.

When Rapp announced her firing on Twitter, she said it was because Nintendo no longer saw her as a "safe" employee, implying that it had caved to harassment pressure.  Nintendo put out a statement saying that she had been fired from her marketing position for unrelated reasons due to a second job in conflict with company culture.  Rapp came back and said that her side job was anonymous, and moonlighting is generally accepted at Nintendo, per policy.

Patrick Klepek posted this article, and Twitter blew up with outrage over letting the terrorists win or what have you, condemning Nintendo for being on the wrong side of things. Then I googled trying to find out what her side job was.

Turns out she was moonlighting as a Camgirl, while also working as a marketing representative for a known-to-be-conservative generally-family-friendly global video game company.

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Nintendo employee Alison Rapp, who’s been a target of harassment over censorship controversies in recent months, said on Twitter that she has been fired. “Today, the decision was made,” she wrote. “I am no longer a good, safe representative of Nintendo, and my employment has been terminated.”
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Turns out.
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Shared for the sentence "I think that most people would be willing to concede that illegal immigrants are more likely to have immigrated illegally than other populations." 
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In a world filled with facile analysis of sloppy statistics, Scott Alexander rides again.
[Epistemic status: I think I probably wrung the right conclusions out of this evidence, but this isn’t the only line of evidence bearing on the broader gun control issue and all I can say is …
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Great stats. One thing it didn't detail that I would like to have seen is lawfully privately owned guns vs estimates of unlawfully owned firearms guns. What's the rate of illegal gun ownership to gun violence? One big issue legal gun owners have is being disarmed and leaving two particular groups still armed, criminals and the government.
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Oh good, the "New Google+" actively evokes that winning design philosophy behind the Windows Hangouts application.
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And on the desktop there are giant bands of unused real estate on either side, so the content is only using 30% of the screen.
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