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The planet decided to give us one really crazy year to shake us out of our complacency... and we are so bull-headed that we are ignoring it.
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Are we just going to sit back and take it as our country is destroyed?
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Three examples of government ceding the monopoly on force to private institutions: Military subcontractors & privatized government security forces; university campus police (who in many states now have police powers off-campus as well); the BP-run "security" along the Gulf Coast during the oil spill.

Anyone got other examples? Esp for other countries?
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Today, it's your turn to be naive: Michigan has "Arrest Authority" Security Guards http://www.michigan.gov/mcoles/0,1607,7-229-41626_42413---,00.html
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So far today, our heroine has solved The Case of the Microsoft Office Product Keys -- but remains stumped by The Case of the Frustrating Brand-New Malfunctioning Printer.
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at least it came with the ink cartridges. if i'd had to put down $30 bucks just to test it and find all this stuff was broken i'd have been REALLY pissed.
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Huh. This is pretty smart, I'll be fascinated to see whether it takes off. Basically it's the White House's own version of change.org and SignOn. H/t +Evan Zasoski.

A Big Change Coming to WhiteHouse.Gov
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we the people is a scam,,, I put up a petition supporting Medicare for All and it was ignored in a variety of searches. Nothing in support of Medicare for All or other progressive positions gets any attention, but instead they are buried
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The prescience of these AT&T ads from 1993 is pretty amazing -- predicting everything from GPS to Netflix. Does anyone remember seeing them on air? (via +T.F. Charlton)
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Haha wow. Makes me wonder why they didn't invent skype, netflix, kindle and iphones -- surely they did most of the hard work just by picturing how it works....
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Does anyone know anything about or anyone at this foundation?
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Anyone want to go to Thailand for a month or three to serve as interim director of mass mobilization for Greenpeace Southeast Asia while they search for a permanent candidate? Lemme know and I'll put you in touch.
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additional info: it's fron Oct-Dec and it sounds like a GREAT gig.
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wow. it could practically be Lothlórien.
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HDR shot from Meridian Hill Park
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Yeah, HDR photography allows you to create some super stuff.
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My mom and I are sitting in outside the White House this Wednesday to protest the tar sands pipeline. Join us! You need to come to training tomorrow night, and then be prepared to be arrested and pay the equivalent of a traffic ticket on Wednesday. http://www.tarsandsaction.org/sign-up/
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Say hello to Josh Fox from The Co-operative if you see him!
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Is there any good reason that a bank wouldn't just put its SWIFT code on its website? Why on earth are they so hard to find?
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Absolutely must-read article on "decision fatigue" and "ego depletion" -- does everything from helping explain cycles of poverty to providing diet tips.

Most useful tip for me: I very often find myself obsessing over trivial decisions at the end of a taxing day. This explains why! Now that I know what's going on, I should be able to account for it better -- and grab a handful of raisins or something to help move things along.
The very act of making decisions depletes our ability to make them well. So how do we navigate a world of endless choice?
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I think this helps explain why planning a wedding is so exhausting, even though the decisions involved are generally not all that important.
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dammit i just lost The Game for the first time in like 3 years. thanks, XKCD.

(those of you who don't know what i'm talking about, much better not to ask.)
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Pretty sure they're the same, which is what makes the xkcd post so interesting (from an epistimelogical[?] point of view)...I think we've looked at the same information and come to opposing conclusions.
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