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This is one of the first Graphic Novel projects which has interested me.  I tend to dismiss them as cartoons, but the artwork looks incredible and just about anything Lindybeige is involved in is good!  He is a talented story teller.
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I didn't hear Trump supporters crying foul when the rules unfairly favored them such as when they were getting most or all of the delegates in early states even though they only got 30% to 35% of the vote.  What about all the voters that were disenfranchised there?   Of course, it will be a coincidence if the unfairness precisely balances out.
 
Trump Gets Screwed In The GOP Delegate Vote In Arizona !!!!
Furious Arizona supporters of Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump threatened to challenge the result of national delegate voting at Saturday's state GOP convention after Ted Cruz's team locked up most of the national delegates headed to
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If this is a random Swede, imagine what you could achieve with a little discrimination!
To mark 250 years since Sweden abolished censorship, the country has launched its own phone line, connecting global callers with random Swedes.
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John Hawks gives what amounts to a report of the current state of knowledge and ignorance of the human lineages that co-existed and inter bred to eventually go extinct or contribute to the modern human genome. #anthropology   #neandertal #denisovan #evolution  
A further statistical analysis of the Altai high-coverage Neandertal sequence gives reason to think that Skhul and Qafzeh people made more difference than often thought.
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Baking in global warming!  Perhaps we should give up measuring a global temperature and just assess the energy imbalance as integrated by the ocean sea level.  The oceans are 95%+ of the climate system anyway.
From the "global warming data looks better with heat-sinks and air conditioners" department. Dr. Mark Albright, of the University of Washington writes: Here is a great example of how NOT to measure...
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Originally published in "The Conversation".  I believe I've seen similar ideas from Pinker.
 
Belief in moralistic, punitive gods that take an interest in human affairs may have facilitated the expansion of human societies, finds a study published in Nature this week. Read the paper here: http://bit.ly/1o5LwPK
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The first, third and 4th provisions will just make things worse, and the 5th is an unfunded mandate.  The electoral college isn't the problem and isn't the source of the two party strangle hold on the system.  Winner take all majority rule geographical districts are the origin of the problem.  The ballot access part of the 2nd provision will help, but blogs are probably more valuable than public access channels.  The right to vote isn't as important as the quality of the vote and the protectorates are only taxed at half the rates of the states, so are unlikely to have as much at stake in an election.  The 4th provision conflicts with the 1st since a paper system can never have the required accuracy, elections should be held on the internet with open source peer reviewed software, with encrypted votes that can be traced to and verified by the voters themselves. 
 
Here is my petition to Congress for True Voter Freedom!

Please read, sign and reshare for American Democracy!!

This bill can unite Americans of all types (despite our ideological differences) on a meaningful level and after it passes We The People can take back the Executive Branch from our Fascist Rulers!!!

http://www.credomobilize.com/petitions/pass-the-herkulean-election-reform-bill-h-e-r-b
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Yes, I would like to see if some states would adopt your subscription idea (or a parliamentary style) for their representatives- Congressional Reform is needed desperately but as you know they are not capable of even properly policing themselves (Senator Kennedy immediately comes to mind) or even being the least bit accountable in terms of legalized graft and lobbying. If it was up to me, I would impose the idea of they being required to work five days a week for fifty weeks a year (Christmas to New Year's Day and Thanksgiving off) but right now they spend more than three out of five working days raising money instead of really working to empower the masses. Another idea I like is that their pay and benefits are suspended until they eliminate the deficit, but that is so far from viable that I feel hopeless about seeing any of them ever accept responsibility for mortgaging the nation's future prosperity. 
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Whoa, this hit close to home, "The Debator"   Fortunately, I was borderline on the extrovert/introvert scale, so INTP "The Logician" also applies.  Whew!
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Some of his thinking about evolution and the virtues necessary for survival are dated as the "fact" of evolution has changed over time.  It isn't the individual organism or the group that social behavior helps survive, but the gene, as popularized in Dawkin's "The Selfish Gene".   Durant was selective in his group survival "virtues", emphasizing love and cooperation and neglecting conformity and harsh discipline of non-conformity.   "When liberty exceeds intelligence it begets chaos, which begets dictatorship. ... We have too much moral liberty today due to increasing wealth and diminishing religious belief."  He merely states these conclusions, he doesn't make a case for them.
 
Will Durant: This I Believe

An encapsulation of his beliefs and philosophy. Multiple phrases and elements appear throughout his Lessons of History.

In particular is his view that an excess of liberty is bad. In an interview from the audio book of Lessons, he discusses the relationship, and conflict, of order and liberty. Liberty arises out of order. But while with an excess of order, you still have order, with an excess of liberty, you have chaos.

In this short lecture, Durant stats that we have an excess of both personal and economic liberty.
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There should be no penalty for exercising your right to a trial.
There is no such thing as "innocent until proven guilty." The state operates under the premise of "guilty until you confess."
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Whomever Obama appoints to replace Scalia on the Supreme Court had better be over 80 years old, if he wants to get him through the Senate.
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2016/02/13/chief-justice-scalia-dead-at-79.html
Supreme Court Justice Anthony Scalia died Saturday, according to multiple official sources. He was 79.
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Mitochondrial DNA evidence indicates that humans living in europe prior to the last glacial maximum, were almost completely replaced by a migration event occurring about 14,500 years ago.
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  • Universities of Washington, Texas and Houston
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Complex Systems Analyst, using evidence based reasoning to debunk pseudoscience and racism.
Introduction
Decades ago I chose physics as a major because I couldn't decide which science I loved most.  I ended up a triple major in physics, philosophy and economics.  I called it the theory of everything.  

I had been turned off of history by public school. But my spouse was a history buff and loves to read aloud.  She showed me that history is really about stories and not just dates and facts.   She also introduced me to Jane Austen, Dickens and Elizabeth Gaskel, which we share aloud, and in various TV miniseries.

I had always been dissatisfied with my public school experience.  The bullying peer culture, the waste of time, and the one size fits all pace of learning.  I remember hating when summer was over and reading and learning had to be put on hold for another year.  So, when I learned of the unschooling movement championed by John Holt, I gradually came to realize there were alternatives.  When my oldest child started in the age segregated factory model school system, we saw her change under the stressful culture, and we realized we couldn't institutionalize her is such an inhumane unnatural system.  So we homeschooled and unschooled all three of our children through the GED and they've gone on to university.  My youngest just had his first day of school at the U of New Mexico this semester.  The older two have graduated.  One in linguistics and the other in art and classics.
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Co-winner of the 2007 Nobel Peace Prize, or so say many of my co-winners.
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Mass spectrometry based proteomic research
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