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[T]ruly Facebook-native political pages have begun to create and refine a new approach to political news: cherry-picking and reconstituting the most effective tactics and tropes from activism, advocacy and journalism into a potent new mixture. This strange new class of media organization slots seamlessly into the news feed and is especially notable in what it asks, or doesn’t ask, of its readers. The point is not to get them to click on more stories or to engage further with a brand. The point is to get them to share the post that’s right in front of them. Everything else is secondary.
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Flossie Williams's reply to "This Is Just to Say". [from the note to the poem in The Collected Poems of William Carlos Williams, volume 1, 1909-1939, edited by A. Walton Litz and Christopher MacGowan:]. Florence Williams's "reply" to "This Is Just to Say" is included as a "Detail" in the ...
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In the end he had convinced himself that the stacks of paperwork were the job. For such a private man, becoming prime minister and holding power for a decade was a feat of will so titanic we can barely comprehend it. In taking his leave, he has finally returned to his equilibrium state.
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Harper did not leave public life on Friday, he only finished leaving it. He has been extracting himself from the public eye, in stages, for nearly as long as he was in it.
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When your physical environment constantly reminds you that your city is little cared for, and primarily designed for suburbanites to get into and out of quickly, is it any surprise that you may develop a mindset that has a hard time adjusting to a 21st-century reality where your city is growing again? The neighborhood associations that dominate white liberal middle class dialogue in many Blue Cities grew out of a period where no one_–not government, and certainly not business–gave a shit about the communities that form in urban neighborhoods. They are, fundamentally, relics of a period where to be a middle-class urban liberal was to feel under siege. And they have thus had an extraordinarily difficult time adjusting to what should be their glory years–a time when the cultural narrative in the US has shifted to the opposite pole, from White Flight to The Triumph of the City. The urban left, then, clings to the things that gave it power 40 years ago after the era of freeway revolts and the end of urban renewal–legal protections from development, empowerment of the local community above all in business regulation, and just generally _writing everything into law.

It’s really hard to give up power when you feel like it’s the only thing that’s been protecting your neighborhood for several decades. But now, those laws, regulations, and zoning decisions are counterproductive. Some (not all, but many) American cities are growing again. Young people want to live in the areas their parents or grandparents abandoned. And the urban Left, so accustomed to being suspicious of everyone and everything, is going to have to adapt.
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Anthony Flint had a piece on CityLab on Wednesday titled “The Tragic Comedy of Small Business Permitting,” lamenting the calcified, regressive nature of many rules and regulations applied to small …
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TL;DR Tim Berners-Lee didn't create the Internet. Vint Cerf didn't create the web. It's complicated. :-)
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In Canada, the long slog would just be starting, and many of our neighbors to the north think the U.S. election cycle, close to a two-year marathon, is a waste of time.
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@scalzi @jenniferweiner @jswatz WCW re: This Is Just To Say: https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poems-and-poets/poems/detail/56159 … …: and a swipe against the guy who might've eaten them. Ben Lewis · 4h4 hours ago. Ben Lewis @benjf5. @scalzi @jenniferweiner @jswatz I once left an almost ...
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Star Trek has a special place in my heart because it shows us a future where we continue to advance technology and explore without destroying ourselves or shouting over each other on Twitter all day. We should all be aware of the many difficult material concerns in our lives, and the unjust power structures that we’re implicated in. But what does life look like without them? Who’s thinking about what comes next? Captain Picard, that’s who.
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A vision of the future where people resolve conflicts by talking.
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Milwaukee’s Sewer Socialism placed good government–including good fiscal management–at the forefront of its public-facing persona. Not just something you had to pay homage to on the campaign trail, this ideology recognized that for government to win the confidence of the people and further an agenda of the common good, it had to prove its competence and earn that confidence. Placing something as “boring” as goo-gooism at the center of a political and governing ideology may indeed be “curiously antique by today’s standards,” as Gurda says–but perhaps it is a heritage that we should pay attention to.
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Anyone who reads this blog knows I think that the approach many American leftists take toward urban policy is fundamentally broken. It’s easier to come up with a critique than to propose a p…
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The paper in Nature's out now, linked from this piece.
It's not exactly close — 25 trillion miles from Earth, say the scientists who spotted it. But that might be near enough for further exploration. It's about Earth's size, with mild temperatures.
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There's a kind of self-importance to this whole thing. If there's life anywhere else in the universe at all, we've really got very little evidence about whether it's more likely to be on Earth-like planets, or not. People are more interested in planets that are like ours not for very scientific reasons, but because they want to raise their own importance.
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There is something to be learned from the strange consensus Gord has built. To be intensely patriotic is to juxtapose your country’s tiny triumphs alongside its immense, overarching darkness. His perspective in a song will often turn sharply from victim to perpetrator, from the character locked in the trunk of a car to the one who locked the trunk. He forced us to live our history from every point of view; our victims, martyrs, demons; the geography we’ve annihilated. He made us confront the scared creatures we are, as he likes to say, “at the lonely end of the rink.”

In the end, it’s not the mythology the Hip synthesized, but the M.O. itself. The empathy. I think this is why we choke back tears when our Prime Minister greets Syrian refugees at the airport. A national identity is necessarily complex.
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Should you ever need to endear yourself to a Canadian, say how sad you were to hear about Gord. Canada has fixated on Gord Downie this summer as he mak ...
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