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http://hereandnow.wbur.org/2014/04/16/social-spending-rampell

She says "It's very dangerous to talk about ways to reform the system."

Part of the reason for this is that humans are exceedingly selfish, and our society does not have good mechanisms for stigmatising and mitigating selfishness.

The elderly (of which I am now one), and their desires to maintain a comfortable standard of living, are holding back society from addressing other social problems.
Washington Post opinion columnist Catherine Rampell recently sparked a heated debate about government social spending. She joins us.
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http://projects.aljazeera.com/2014/poverty-gettingby/index.html

Because I have an understanding of the fact that, left to their own devices, people often make mistakes, it is hard for me to feel sympathy for the poor in the absence of the transparency that would allow me to better determine whether or not people like Michelle are, in fact, doing what they are supposed to be doing to get out of poverty.

To be clear, I am not blaming the poor for this lack of transparency--they are hardly in a position to influence social policy. Rather, it is the wealthy, and the middle-class privacy advocates who are to blame, for standing in the way.
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Thanks to this article...

http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best-coffee-philadelphia/

...I learned of many new indie coffeehouses in Philadelphia and have started working my way through them. Bodhi serves Elixr, a local roast that has yet to disappoint me, and offers a Chemex option.
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La Colombe has another location, but this one only offers drip from a machine...

http://starbuckseverywhere.net/bigimages/28/DSCN28084.jpg
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The Last Time I Was Beautiful

The last time I was beautiful, the sun never set. Not that I could tell, at least from my arrival in Anchorage, Alaska, til my departure a few days later. This midnight sun, as they call it, was the reason I had traveled there, in the summer of 1998, a fact that my surprise some who know the reason for most of my worldwide adventures.

No, Starbucks in those days was still slouching across America, not yet the rough beast it has since become, and my westward journey that hot June was motivated by additional pursuits--Lilith Fair, Vegas gambling, and a desire to witness for myself this phenomenon, of never-ending sun.

After two or three nights of wandering around the city, I found myself at the iconic (yet recently closed down) Blues Central bar, where, after some time gathering up my nerve, I took the now-uncharacteristic step of asking the bartender to offer the womyn at the end of the bar a drink.

The womyn's name was Vicky, and she accepted my drink with a gesture that I at first interpreted as uncourteous but later learned was sign language for "thank you". We would laugh over my mistake a few hours later, at the Village Inn, where Vicky would pay me a compliment that I still remember, a decade and a half later.

I guess I must have done everything right that night, because Vicky closed her law books, gathered up her drink, and came over to sit next to me--studying was finished that evening. After some conversation, she felt that I absolutely had to see the world famous Chilkoot Charlie's bar, although it did not take us long to decide that the scene wasn't that appealing, at least not that night, and that's when we retreated to find late-night eats.

The Village Inn has locations in fewer than half of the U.S. states, so a reader can be forgiven for being unfamiliar with this restaurant chain, but one can think of it was a Denny's or an IHOP, available after hours to those who are not yet ready to go home. Or those who are ready for breakfast at any hour of the day or night, a plan that I've already gotten behind.

And so it was that I found myself sitting across from a beautiful womyn in a strange city in the wee hours of the night, a womyn bold enough that she gazed into my eyes and said "You have the most beautiful brown eyes."

I did not know how to react, so I just sat there speechless while Vicky pointed out that I had just turned beet red. Being Latino, I was under the impression that I was incapable of blushing, but I  learned otherwise that night.

Eventually, fatigue set in, and Vicky dropped me off on the porch of the hostel. There is more to the story, but I prefer to fixate on that one joyous moment in time, when I knew without a doubt that at least one person on the planet genuinely found me attractive.

I'll never forget Vicky, nor that that night in Anchorage, because as far as I'm concerned given the decades since, that was the last time I was beautiful.
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This is just a piece of information, presented with no judgment or conclusion, for you to make of it what you will.

In the three years that I've been hitting OkCupid and other sites on and off, I have noticed that I tend to get more responses from womyn who appear visibly overweight than from those who appear height-weight proportionate or athletic, even though I myself appear to be not overweight in my own profile photos.
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http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/1/9/debt-threats.html

You'll love the part about the fake sheriff and fake court.
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I've been working in Cambridge since late December, and I've been waiting months for the days to get longer so I could start rephotographing stores. With my Scrabble schedule, I will not have many opportunities, but I got to about half a dozen this weekend...

http://starbuckseverywhere.net/LatestPhotos.htm
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Another Philadelphia discovery thanks to this article...

http://www.phillymag.com/articles/best-coffee-philadelphia/

...La Colombe is only the second coffeehouse where I've seen an Alpha Dominche Steampunk machine...

http://alphadominche.com/steampunk/

This machine can be customized in many ways, but when I visited it was still relatively new to La Colombe, and they only offer one setting.

I had the Panama Hacienda La Esmeralda, and it was pretty good, but not great. I chalk it up the roast, since my memory of the brew I had at Nobrow in SLC (the other shop where I've seen a Steampunk) is a good one.
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It's never too late to evolve.

I had previously resisted visiting domestic museums by myself, preferring to wait until I could find a womyn who was both attractive and sophisticated enough to want to visit a museum, but I have in my older years come to accept the relative unlikelihood of this.

So last year I went ahead and visited an exhibit at the Houston MFA by myself, and now I visit Boston's Institute of Contemporary Art.

At 42, every breath brings me closer to the grave, and, realizing that, I cannot continue to wait for unicorns.
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Ironically, I'm watching the fourth episode of this season's 'Portlandia', and Carrie Brownstein's character says, and I quote, "Being passionate about anything is sexy."

Now, as anybody know knows me understands, life is meant to be lived according to what is learned from television, but sometimes television is not the be-all and end-all guide to life that it is purported to be.

Obviously, my experiences tell us just the opposite, that most womyn prefer a man who has no interests and is thus better able to devote all his attention to her.
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