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Too unknown late in the game?
The Green Party candidate insists it’s her year to get noticed—and she may make it onto 47 state ballots.
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¡Boriqua!
PANAMA CITY (2016 Centrobasket Championship) – Puerto Rico defeated Mexico 84-83 in a thriller and won the Gold medal in the 2016 Centrobasket Championship.
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'Nuff said...
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American society increasingly mistakes intelligence for human worth.
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Perspective and opinions are based, significantly, on the individual's life experiences-which are different for each person. Not only the experiences, but the take-away from those experiences-which also can vary among those experiencing the same event...

Some "people," X, have a tendency to vilify (name-calling based on that vilification is most apparent) those, Y, with whom they disagree (regardless of the issue) when, in most cases, the those in Y are pretty similar to everyone in X...

Sit down. Talk with them about their family, vacations, work, etc. Get to know them in a view outside of the "them" with which one is accustomed to "seeing" them.

Most people have close friends with which they disagree about issues (meat or no meat, abortion, guns, politics, etc.), but those disagreements are allowed because one knows the other. Without vilifying others due to their position on issues, one might see those others more as humans deserving acceptable treatment rather than something that is subhuman-not deserving of protections we would give those we love.

How would that change the dialogue and ability to reach a consensus?
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Parents often push their kids to excel in school in pursuit of good grades. However, new research suggests that this type of parenting may be harmful to children. How does it affect youngsters?
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My attitude was, do well enough. School has two missions: education and credentialing. When they conflict, credentialing wins. That's a doggone shame, because education can replace credentials, but credentials are no substitute for education.
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Quite...

BROOKE: Do you see any sign that these myths are abating?

LIND: No, I think they're worsening as a result of two phenomena. One is what has been called the sorting geographically. there tend to be very few conservative Republicans in Manhattan, and very few liberal Democrats in Tulsa Oklahoma. And in terms of message, we live in the world of click-bait. the most inflammatory progressives and the most inflammatory conservatives are going to shout out the more nuanced people on the left and the right. Jonathan Chait in New York Magazine just described Trump followers as knuckle draggers. [H]e compared them to apes. And liberals all cheered him on. [N]one of this is new, but what you need is some kind of political system which is capable of transcending these divisions instead of just pouring more gasoline on the fire. And we don't have that at the moment.
For many on the Left, Trump's popularity merely confirms their assumptions about those other people in America. And this may be the most dangerous lie of all.
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With existing social and political issues, we too are putting ourselves in a worse place. Before you blame "them," understand I see it as our fault for, perhaps, needing to put our interests first rather than keeping hope, empathy, civility, and consensus-building on the front burners.

There is no clear basis for representative government, no experience with political compromise and making elections work, and no pattern of effective governance combined with economic progress and social evolution to build upon. Ethnic and religious issues often cut deep and have been repressed for decades. Justice systems are weak and/or corrupt, religious extremism challenges necessary social and economic change, and the security forces are often an equal or more serious problem.

Ethnic and religious issues often cut deep, and few solutions exist, without agreeing with the simple majority, to be accepted as an equal and worthy of inclusion.

In the USA, we enjoy a republic democracy so everyone's rights and pursuit of freedom could be protected. Read the Federalist Paper 10-it is well written. While many think those in the minority are a problem, it might be that those in the majority can do more harm.

If we know what is required for a stable system, why would anyone, from any party, do that which would decrease stability?

It is an interesting read...
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Your political rights might be respected if you are white, and probably will be respected if you are white and affluent. For anyone else, it's iffy.
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Well... If one was in, why not two?

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A war of words has erupted over whether the DNC hack was an act of espionage by the Russian government, between soundbite-ready security firm CrowdStrike and a...
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Is the AI not good enough to injure the person in the wrong? 😉 Say a person crosses against a light or runs into the road?

What if the AI is in the wrong? The pedestrian is saved but the passenger(s), innocent as well, die? Is Google or the AI software company liable? Is the manufacturer liable?

I can just see it...

Car salesman: The total cost due now is $xx,xxx.xx
Buyer: agreed!
Car salesman: You must agree to and sign the EULA and ToS for the AI...
Buyer: (without reading) Sure!

You can agree to place yourself in danger (passenger agrees to risk of harm), but few will sacrifice an non-party unless it is clear the non-party is in the wrong. Might the AI simply elect to harm the passenger due to any consent given during signing? Likely not in obvious cases. Yet, what will be obvious to the AI?

Buyer beware...
A very important question to consider as we crawl toward a future with self-driving cars.
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That took me far too long to get but ... yes!
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