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Daniel Dulitz
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This is more important than most of the 'how inspirational Mandela was' articles you will read.

Mandela was a politician. He and his movement were supported by some and opposed by others. Let's remember who opposed him and why. And note that the why is still going strong today.

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A few days old now, but worth reading as always. Not so surprising, but nonetheless upsetting.

I have to say, Snowden and the journalists were really brilliant in how they ordered these releases: they maximize the number of lies that the NSA has told. Each disclosure shows how the previous week's official statement was misleading, uninformative, and basically a lie.

At the end of this, the NSA and their bipartisan toadies will have no credibility at all.

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This is huge. For the countries I travel to frequently, I had to have a domestic SIM in order to do anything -- so bad were the prices on the US carriers. Now I may get rid of all of them except my UK SIM with the easy-to-remember number.

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Republicans yet again schooling Dems on how to negotiate. Eventually Dems will learn to play this game: propose something that is actually liberal for once! Instead of making the initial proposal centrist.

Don't take an up-or-down on Keystone XL by itself. Ban all new pipelines and then compromise down to just banning Keystone XL. Start with only single payer and, under extreme pressure, compromise to include marketplaces. Propose massive tax increases on the rich, compromise them down to a mere 20% increase.

The way to deal with Republicans with bad ideas is for Dems to propose bad ideas and compromise to the one you wanted all along.
We keep hearing the same talking point from the Republicans responsible for the government shutdown: President Obama won’t compromise.

Liberals wanted single-payer Medicare-for-all, but the president settled on a Republican plan instead, a plan Republicans supported until Obama got on board with it. Republicans didn’t like the public option, so he compromised by removing it. He compromised on abortion coverage. He compromised with the “Cornhusker Kickback” (which was later removed by the Senate). He compromised on Medicare drug price negotiation, and drug reimportation.

He compromised by delaying the employer mandate. He compromised on the CLASS Act, and the 1099 requirements.

Democrats asked Republicans 19 times, starting in April, for a conference to negotiate on the budget, and were told ‘no’ 19 times.

For the budget, President Obama wanted one funding level, and the Republicans wanted a much lower level, so the president agreed to the Republican level. Not some middle-ground between the two proposals – he accepted their number. After getting literally everything they wanted, Republicans said ‘no’ to the deal anyway, deciding they wanted more.

They demanded defunding of Obamacare, or they’ll blow up the country. Then they said, okay, instead of defunding it completely, just gut part of it – they call that a ‘compromise’ because they would only get some, not all, of what they want in exchange for not destroying the country.

Obama says no, you don’t get to demand something in return for not destroying the country. “Not destroying the country” should be sort of a baseline expectation, when you’re in Congress.

And that, folks, is what Republicans call ‘refusing to compromise’.

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"There's this beautiful study in which subjects speak into a microphone and they either think that someone else listening to them, or they think they're just talking. Among the non-lonely, there's very little difference in how third parties would rate subjects’ responses. A third party rates subjects as equally interesting in both conditions. Yet lonely people become less interesting when they think someone is listening. It's sort of a choking effect. That's one kind of scarcity trap."

Interesting interview. The point is that when you're in an environment of scarcity, you begin to act in ways that reinforce that scarcity. I'd like to see more on this. Yet the odds of it muting the "just pull yourself out of it" chorus seem remote.

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+Andrew Bunner found this article that is one of the few insightful things about organizations I've seen published in the major news outlets.
"[T]here can be no expectation that the system will act morally of its own accord. Systems are optimized for their own survival and preventing the system from doing evil may well require breaking with organizational niceties, protocols or laws."

#heroes   #patriots  

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Single best summary I've read of the Snowden leaks, and what they all add up to.

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I had high hopes for this article, but it just shows how few people -- and how few social and political commentators -- really understand the "attention economy."

"The metaphor of the long tail, though, is misleading. Certainly, it is easier to find obscure books or bands than it used to be. But most people don’t want to find obscure things—they want to focus their attention on what everyone else is paying attention to. Those who are already rich in attention are likely to get richer, while the long tail still trails off into darkness and obscurity."

Unfortunately that mistake turns into a kind of lynchpin paragraph for the essay.

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Our cat died a few months ago. But this... would be so cool if we had a cat. :-)

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Finally! If the funders are finally getting wise that a lot of "research findings" are actually noise, and if the funders are finally doing something about it, this could be huge.
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