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A thought experiment:

You're in a coffee shop near your home, and you notice one of your neighbors sitting nearby, chatting with a friend. You overhear your neighbor say, "I'm so fed up. A couple of the people who live around me have been blasting music at 2:00 AM, and then they follow that with shouting matches well into the morning. I haven't had a good night's sleep in weeks."

How do you respond?

A. Consider your own noise production to determine if you might be contributing to the problem in some way (and, perhaps, apologize if you realize you might be).
B. Lean over and politely add, "Hey, I'm sorry to interrupt, but I couldn't help but overhear you, and you're absolutely right. I've noticed that same problem. If you decide to mention it to them, would you let me know so I can join you?"
C. Butt into the conversation to defensively announce that you know some other neighbors might be making noise, but you certainly aren't, and demand that the complaint be more specific.
D. Leave them to their conversation and focus on enjoying your coffee.

If answer C seems a little inappropriate to you, congratulations! You understand why such a self-centered response is inappropriate in this situation. It disrupts and derails a conversation about a real, relevant problem, points the finger at the person affected by bad behavior instead of the person responsible for it, and serves only to soothe the feelings of a third party to the conversation who was never the object of discussion.

This is exactly why #NotAllMen is an entirely inappropriate response to reports of misogyny.

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Guys: If you don't "believe in" male privilege, do something tonight for the women in your life (and for all the women who ever will be).

Check out the #YesAllWomen hashtag on Twitter. Start here.

Don't get defensive. Just read—and learn.

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So… Turning light into matter? That could be cool.


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This is a must-watch, particularly if you have any interest in politics at all (but even if you don't).

This is the perfect microcosm of the modern GOP. If Republicans—American, not Roman—ever appeared in a Greek play, this is what the chorus would look like.

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This makes Bob Schneider's "Tarantula" even better than I thought.

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Is this "the most amazing music video on the Internet so far today?" +YouTube thinks so—or, at least, the person running YouTube's Google+ account does, for whatever that's worth.

I think I'm inclined to agree.

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I hate to post this article and ruin everyone's day, but if you live and vote in Dallas County, you need to know about this horrifying case, this ridiculous judge, and this preposterous decision.

(Trigger warnings: sexual assault, victim-blaming)

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In theory, I think the ruling in Town of Greece v. Galloway does a pretty good job of balancing the Establishment Clause with the Free Exercise Clause.

In practice, I think it's going to make things a lot messier in the short-term, and I suspect a lot of small towns are going to take this and run with it.

Grabbing a scone and a large house blend. Celebrate spring.


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"The Republican Party is known as 'the stupid party,' and Ryan’s budget provides strong evidence for this appellation. His plan is strategically, conceptually, economically, and politically stupid."

When Forbes is publishing op-eds like this about the GOP, you know Republicans are going off the deep end.
Very well put - government doesn't owe Americans a balanced budget, they need to provide a way to maximize prosperity!
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