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I gotta say, #googleaday  is fun!
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Love the Dalai Lama's posts...
 
By implementing the practice of love and compassion, we will naturally live a non-violent way of life. Helping others and not harming them is the work of non-violence. We need to develop love, compassion and forgiveness to develop inner peace and that naturally gives rise to non-violent conduct.
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To put it another way, while you say the people are "mostly nice", I interpret these ballot results and the confusion over the scope to indicate that the people are "mostly cruel, but less heinously so than the numbers might suggest".
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If you haven't voted no on Amendment One already, please do so today!
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#whitespace Finally... a place to put my beer. Thank you Google+. How thoughtful! #usesforwhitespace #useforwhitespace
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Just what I needed-- a video of old white Republicans saying they don't like this Amendment. Vote No, folks... all the cool kids are doin it.
 
GRANDSON OF NC CONSTITUTION’S PRINCIPAL DRAFTER OPPOSES AMENDMENT ONE

RALEIGH, N.C. -- Russell and Sally Robinson have been married almost 59 years. They live in Charlotte, are active in the Republican Party, and like many North Carolinians, they both strongly oppose Amendment One, a constitutional amendment that will appear on the May 8, primary ballot, which would threaten protections for all of the state’s unmarried couples and their children.

But Russell Robinson has an added incentive for ensuring the state’s founding document lives up to its original intent of protecting all North Carolinians: it was his grandfather, North Carolina Supreme Court Justice William B. Rodman, who authored the 1868 North Carolina Constitution.
Mr. Robinson, a Duke Law-educated lawyer, expressed strong disapproval of the amendment in a video released today by the Protect All NC Families, the coalition effort to educate North Carolinians about the harms of Amendment One.

DIRECT VIDEO LINK: http://bit.ly/GE4DYl

“The amendment is completely unnecessary. Same-sex marriage is now prohibited in North Carolina,” said Robinson.

Additionally, Robinson calls the amendment “poorly worded” and “absurdly broad,” criticisms that Mr. Robinson and many other legal scholars assert could lead to legal challenges in North Carolina courts for years to come.

Mr. Robinson also responds to the lesser-known and understood second sentence of the amendment, which will not appear before voters on the May 8, ballot, but will be included in the constitutional amendment if it were to pass.

The second sentence of the amendment, designed to ameliorate the broad language of the first, reads: “This section does not prohibit a private party from entering into contracts with another private party; nor does this section prohibit courts from adjudicating the rights of private parties pursuant to such contracts.”

Nevertheless, as Mr. Robinson points out, “There are a lot of family relationships that are not defined by contract.”

Robinson also states that second the sentence mitigates few, if any, legal and contractual consequences of the amendment’s first sentence. He warns that the second sentence as a whole “could wreak havoc in family law,” where few parent-child relationships are seen as “contracts.”

“I think the amendment is very bad, and I devoutly hope this state will reject that amendment when they vote on May 8th,” said Robinson.

With today's statements, Russell Robinson joins the ranks of conservatives like Republican Congresswoman Renee Ellmers and legal experts all across the state who have spoken out against Amendment One based on its broad language that could result in unintended harms to hundreds of thousands of North Carolina families.

“Russell and Sally Robinson know well that constitutions are designed to broaden protections and not to take them away,” said Jeremy Kennedy, campaign manager for Protect All NC Families. “To the Robinsons, and so many North Carolinians on all points on the political spectrum, this constitutional amendment is an extreme act, not a conservative one, that harms children and families all across North Carolina. Their opposition stands as a strong testament to the growing momentum against Amendment One.”
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I just received this message from my Progressive Auto agent [bracketed text for redacted info]:


"My name is [NAME] and I am with the insurance agency that originally wrote your policy in Progressive. I am trying to touch base with you before your policy renews to inform you that you may be eligible for better rates! discounts! and coverages. through our agency. Please give me a call at your earliest convince. [string of numbers I assume is a telephone number]. BIG THANK YOU."
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Surprisingly, I've seen the spelling "convience" in more than one place.
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An interesting issue, but not the best or most transparent discussion of it. Arguments in the comments are heated, but not terribly well reasoned. Some costs are much more "real" than others, and these aren't always distinguished well. Some of the less-real costs can go down dramatically with the development of better software tools.
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And, unfortunately, entirely unsurprising.
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Yes! Thank you for your help!
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Here y'all are, folks: this is what the ballot will look like. It's that simple!
 
Everyday people ask: what will Amendment One look like & what do we do? This is it. Vote against on May 8.
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Anyone looking for a job?
 
NOTE FROM PAM: This is my non-blog-related "day job" workplace. In academic publishing there is generally not a lot of turnover in editorial positions, so I thought I'd post these for folks with experience in this area.

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Duke University Press is seeking two capable and enthusiastic Editorial Associates. One Editorial Associate will support the Editorial Director and the other Associate will assist an editor working in the humanities. Both Editorial Associates will be responsible for a number of essential tasks in the acquisitions process, and will be directly involved in reviewing and contracting manuscripts and preparing manuscripts for production. The candidates should possess strong communication and organizational skills and have a desire to learn the ins and outs of scholarly publishing.

In addition, the ideal candidates will exhibit the five characteristics expected of all Press employees: exceptional customer service, strong teamwork and collaboration, creative problem-solving, continuous learning, and commitment to diversity.

This job is listed with the University as Job Code 0083, and Job Title Editorial Associate. An electronic resume and cover letter should be submitted at http://www.dukeupress.edu/Careers/ by the close of the position on Monday, April 2, 2012. Please note, you will be able to designate which position you would like to apply for on the Duke University Press website.

I. Editorial Assistance

A. Assist editor in the acquisition of manuscripts.
-Screen manuscript proposals and help determine project feasibility
-Draft rejection letters on behalf of editor

B. Coordinate review process.
-Consult with editors for list of prospective readers
-Contact potential readers to review manuscripts
-send materials to readers
-track reader responses and update editor on status of projects
C. Correspond with authors.
-Update authors on progress of review process
-Communicate suggested revisions and send reviews
-Offer guidance on manuscript formatting, art preparation, and
permissions

D. Maintain editorial files and database records. Track projects through acquisition process.

E. Assist with contract requests.
-Assemble materials for contract requests
-Obtain production cost information
-Propose book pricing and print runs

F. Prepare editorial board packets.
-Write book descriptions
-Compile project descriptions, reviews, and representative portions of project
-Copy and distribute packets to board members

G. Prepare manuscripts for transmittal.
-Organize final manuscripts and artwork for production process
-Prepare artwork for approval by designer
-Organize permissions and copyright information; determine whether we have necessary materials for publication

H. Communicate with other departments on behalf of editor as needed.


III. Administrative Responsibilities

A. Prepare contracts, transmittal forms, travel forms, and payment requests.

B. Interview, train, and supervise work study students and interns.

C. Assist in preparation for departmental and press-wide meetings. Distribute materials and set up room for meeting as needed.

D. Assist with preparation of departmental budget and track expenditures.

E. Assist with financial analysis of list performance and book series as needed.

IV. Other

A. Attend academic conferences as needed to assist editors and/or marketing department.

B. Participate on press-wide committees as needed.


The ideal candidate will have:

1) A four-year college degree or equivalent experience is preferred. Additional graduate-level education in humanities or social sciences is desirable.
2) Excellent writing and communication skills.
3) The ability to juggle and prioritize tasks in order to meet deadlines in a busy work environment.
4) Intellectual curiosity, the capacity to think creatively, and the ability to engage academic work, regardless of applicant’s main field of study.
5) The ability to work cooperatively.
Pam Spaulding wrote a note titled Job openings at Duke University Press: two Editorial Associate positions. Read the full text here.
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