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

#PhotonCollider
A pair of researchers predicted a method for turning light into matter 80 years ago, and now a new team of scientists are proposing a technique that could make that method happen in the purest way...
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This makes Bob Schneider's "Tarantula" even better than I thought.
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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)
State district judge defends sentencing 20-year-old to five years' probation and exempting him from many of the restrictions typically given to sex offenders.
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Ya it made me sick
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Grabbing a scone and a large house blend. Celebrate spring.

#FirstOfMay
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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!
On Thursday, April 10, U.S. equity markets sold off sharply.  The Dow was down by 1.62%, the S&P 500 declined by 2.09%, and the NASDAQ fell by 3.10%.  Because the price of gold went up by 1.12% on the day, the declines were even greater in “real” (i.e., gold) terms: [...]
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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.
The suspect in Friday's killings in Santa Barbara, Calif. wrote a manifesto promising revenge on all the women who had rejected him. But Twitter users responded with their own thoughts on and experiences of misogyny, centered around the hashtag #YesAllWomen
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One more thing.

If you’re angry about these tweets instead of the realities they describe, realize this: You’re part of the problem.

Yes. You.
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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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If you're not a fan of classical humor, replace "ever appeared in a Greek play" with "represented the great Federation mediator Riva."

(If you're also not a fan of TNG—how are we friends, exactly?—insert your own Herman's Head joke here. This is already a two-for-one deal. Don't push your luck.)
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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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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.
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"The Game of Politics is an exciting trivia board game that embraces conservative political views as opposed to liberal, leftist views."

For the low price of $25, you too can own... a full-color "photo montage of The Game of Politics being played!"

Or, for the mere pittance of $50, you'll also receive a signed DVD of "the raw, original, Kickstarter fundraising video (approx. 9 minutes)!!"

Or, for what is simply a steal at only $100, a second signed DVD with "the raw, original video showcasing The Game of Politics being played (approx. 8 minutes in length)!!!"

(Emphasis, in the form of exclamation marks, added in all cases. Of course they didn't use that many on the actual Kickstarter page. That would be ridiculous.)

If you actually want to play The Game of Politics yourself, though—and really, who wouldn't?—I should warn you, that's not going to come cheaply. We may have managed to get this country started with just a single Benjamin Franklin (somehow), but it'll cost you five more to play this trivia game about it.
The Game of Politics is an exciting trivia board game that embraces conservative political views as opposed to liberal, leftist views.
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Lol nice troll kickstarter.
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The Hawkeye Initiative hits the bullseye again.
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