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Taking from other cultures is inevitable and has occurred since cultures encountered each other

There's always a middle ground
The proper way to take from other cultures is to collaborate with the artist you wish to sample. Allowing them credit and compensation for their work.

At least give them credit and have some background knowledge of their art.
And if they refuse. Respect that.

The asshole way to do it is to copy their sound, give them no credit or compensation
AND all the while, degrading their culture
Including exploiting resources. Ignoring tradition


These days, it's pretty much impossible to miss a discussion on cultural appropriation. But we explore where we draw the line between what's acceptable and what's downright offensive.
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Scientists at the Max Planck Institute in Germany have successfully conducted a revolutionary nuclear fusion experiment. Using their experimental reactor, the Wendelstein 7-X (W7X) stellarator, they have managed to sustain a hydrogen plasma – a key step on the path to creating workable nuclear fusion. The German chancellor Angela Merkel, who herself has a doctorate in physics, switched on the device at 2:35 p.m. GMT (9:35 a.m. EST).
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I completely agree with nearly every change in this legislation
With one exception
Legislators look to take this clause out
"The suspect threatens a peace officer with a weapon or displays a weapon in a manner that could reasonably be construed as threatening; or"
Capability
Opportunity
And intent

I see why they did it, but they needed to revise it instead of take it out.
What type of weapon?
Though this may be covered in the prior clause stating the justifications
So this reads much like DOD policy on deadly force
I find it disturbing that local 'peace' officers currently have more leeway to kill citizens than the armed forces have in doing their duties.
I am disappointed that the pay didn't include a clause similar to that in DOD policy stating:
"Deadly force is justified only under conditions of necessity and may be used only when lesser means cannot be reasonably employed or have failed and the risk of death or serious bodily harm to innocent persons is not increased by its use."
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Coming out
Why isn't it good enough to just say, "I'm attracted to people of the same sex"?
Why must a person label themselves as gay, lesbian, or (bisexual)?
Why Isn't admitting that you are attracted to the same sex considered coming out?

I've been talking about how sexual identity, behavior, and attraction are not the same. So much so, Every study on the matter in the history of science has shown some level of discordance
People say that bisexuals are the largest group of the LGBT population

But, outside of that group, there are more straight (identified) women who sleep with women than there are bisexual and lesbian (identified) women combined

Oddly enough but not surprisingly, this has backfired on bisexuals. Because everyone wants to label these straight women as bisexual. And get mad when these straight women sleep with women and end up with men.
These women are taking on no labels, or declaring that sexuality is fluid.
The largest group of women with same sex attraction are not LGBT. Confusing, but it needs to be understood.

The singer/actress tells us what inspired her sexy Sapphic music video for "I Don't Belong to You."
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"I’ve learned that the labels we put on ourselves are merely descriptors for where we are in our life."
Maybe we should go beyond labels and probe a little deeper.
Since the dawn of science, sexual attraction, identity, and behavior have never been the same for everyone. Every study of human sexuality known to man has always shown a discordance between the three.

Maybe we should stop worrying so much about identity and get down to what you really seem to care about.
If you are a woman who doesn't like women who have had sex with a man or can even fathom sleeping with a man, maybe you should ask them about their sexual attraction and behavior instead of just their identity. Point being, most really don't care how someone identifies, they care about their behavior. But no one can seem to get it through their skulls that identity and behavior aren't the same thing.

I also think it's weird that some lesbians seem to be proud to "turn a straight girl"; but can't stand to be with a bisexual woman...What's up with that?

An interesting statistic...There are more straight identified women, who are attracted to other women, than there are bisexual and lesbian women combined. You can google any sexuality study (that measures attraction and identity) world wide and get the same result.

"Girls in the middle are always going to pick the guy, right?"
No, girls in the middle who pick the girl are called lesbian by the LGBT and straight communities; sometimes despite their own sexual identity.

Case in point, Jillian Michaels. Recently did an interview with PrideSource..." I didn't even know I was (gay) until later in life. I mean, I realized I was bisexual at about 18 but I didn't even realize I was gay until into my 20s."
Now this is after years of internet speculation that brushed off her bisexual identity and was waiting for her to come out as gay.
But God forbid her current relationship ends and she starts dating a man...I'll just sit back with the popcorn.

Such an odd circle. When bisexuals were being added to the LGBT, they were seen as gay people who just hadn't fully committed to being gay. Bisexuality was just a phase; And eventually they would come out as gay.
Now they are seen as people who are always going to take the easy way out (being straight).
Actually, it's the same shit. If you are polite enough to accept a person's identity as bisexual, yet you think they are going to end up with a man...You're still saying that bisexuality is a phase.
What happened in the span of a decade?

http://www.afterellen.com/lifestyle/471983-mean-exes-go-back-dating-men

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Focus on your weak areas to finally break through plateaus.
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The popular belief that religion is the cause of the world’s bloodiest conflicts is central to our modern conviction that faith and politics should never mix. But, Karen Armstrong writes, the messy history of their separation suggests it was never so simple
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When people admit that white privilege just means that white people are being used, we may see some progress.
It solves this issue of poor white people who don't understand white privilege because they live at a disadvantage to others.
The trick is to make white people think they are better than black people. That black people or other people are dangerous and the cause of any strife in their life. All the while, those in power are oppressing us all.
A house slave may have lived in some luxury relative to the field slaves; but they were still slaves.
If genuine contrition is the purpose of racial self-criticism, then the exercise is a paradox.
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The violent impact with a “planetary embryo” called Theia occurred approximately 100 million years after the Earth formed, UCLA geochemists and colleagues report.
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Fuck this cop
Seriously
I won't say 'fuck the police'.
Just this guy.
Well, and any other cop who tries to pull this shit
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The other day, I felt like crap but had heavy deadlifts on the menu. I did my first warmup set of 10 reps and I knew right away that it would not be my best pulling day. So I did my two remaining warmup sets, and then moved onto some speed and technique work at about 70-to-80 percent of my 1-rep max (RM), doing six sets of two reps. Next I did some light higher-rep accessory work and finished with 30-minutes of non-stop alternating stepups. Then ...
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