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An excellent piece. I came through the ape-house of high school straight into the military, then went trucking.

I was raised in a household many, if not most, would define as "liberal." I believed I was socially aware. But somewhere about a dozen years back I began to realize how big of a blind spot I was carrying around.

I still battle against dismissing some of this stuff as "harmless." I know it isn't.
 
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Are you sexist? I am. This is a realisation that has slowly dawned on me over the last few years. Without really meaning to do so, I have been going aroun…
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If you saw the Nye/Ham debate tonight, you understand. If not, here's what you missed:

http://freethoughtblogs.com/pharyngula/files/2014/02/nyehamdebate.jpg
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Let's face it. Even the most dilligent of us has probably misappropriated a pic or a quote at one time or another. This is different. And vile.

http://petapixel.com/2014/01/24/make-money-twitter-ignore-copyright-creative-credit/
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Lori and I allowed the cats (who were there before I came along) outdoors only because the female had been marking for three years and the choice was let them out or put her down.

The marking continued, only somewhat abated. I was at my wits'-end-and-beyond. Then, after about two years, a coyote got our orange tabby, Cinnamon. The marking stopped.

Lori and I have moved from a house back into another fourth-floor apartment. Nabi seems content here, and only occasionally seems to want to go out--Mostly when she spots birds on a neighbouring rooftop. She's apparently happy, healthy, and at considerably less risk of death or injury. As are local birds, small mammals, and other wildlife.
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I'm not an "Everything causes cancer!" alarmist. However, I trust the methodology of both the California Office of Environmental Health and Consumer Reports.

And that said, I have consumed colas for several decades myself with a great deal of enjoyment, and this is unlikely to change my habits. Though I do like Pepsi Throwback better than the current HFCS-based Coke formulation.

http://www.consumerreports.org/cro/news/2014/01/caramel-color-the-health-risk-that-may-be-in-your-soda/index.htm
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"Yet as a Christian, as a Catholic, it afflicts me when such injustice is inflicted by the state upon my fellow travellers on the path to God. It wounds me to have the state willfully divide us even further than our doctrinal differences already do. And it violates my own faith to have its symbols reduced to mere baubles the state can, willy-nilly, bless or ban. The cross is not, for me, a government approved decoration. My religious life is not a function of politically acceptable furnishings."

I dislike intensely the burkha (to take the extreme example) and what it represents. But I would oppose a move to ban it. For most, it is a cultural relic worn due to complex pressures in their families and communities. Yet for some, it is a choice, a way to express their faith.

The Quebec government has floated a trial balloon. Let's hope it sinks like an anvil.
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And this is just because I love Matt Good's music, and the video's sorta clever.

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I started with "Are You My Mother."

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"In eight years, Utah has quietly reduced homelessness by 78 percent, and is on track to end homelessness by 2015.How did Utah accomplish this? Simple. Utah solved homelessness by giving people homes. In 2005, Utah figured out that the annual cost of E.R. visits and jail stays for homeless people was about $16,670 per person, compared to $11,000 to provide each homeless person with an apartment and a social worker."
 
Now that is math I like -- it's cheaper to give people homes (at least in Utah) than it is to pay for them to be on the social system. 
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"This was the economy class section of a Pan Am 747, circa mid-1960s."
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I agree that they did do it to themselves to a great extent. When I worked for an airline years ago, though, I remember being told that business class pretty well covered the cost of the flight, so this race to the bottom in order to fill flights with budget traveler really got them nowhere (as we can see). 
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