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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://www.npr.org/2014/04/17/304141177/ohios-law-against-political-lying-heads-to-supreme-court

Fascinating.

I would love to see the First Amendment modified to exclude protections against lying.
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http://avon.wickedlocal.com/article/20140416/NEWS/140417016

$160,000? That is pocket change.

Cambridge, MA, is a city of over 100,000...

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cambridge,_Massachusetts

...with a median income of over $60,000.

If only 50% of the residents donated $4 each, that would more than cover the annual budget.

According to this...

https://www.cambridgema.gov/CDD/externallinks/Profiles/demographicprofile.aspx

...there should be over 1000 births in Cambridge this year. If we take a LOW number for the cost of raising a child in the first year, $2000, if just 10% of Cambridge couples planning a child decided to wait a year, they alone could fund this homeless shelter.

Or they could be selfish, and as a result see more homeless on the street, in doorways, urinating in alleys and lawns, and possibly ending up in jail, which imposes a tax burden.

It is hard not to hate people when I read about a shelter's closing over piddly little $160,000 budget. That really is wipe-my-* money for some of these folks.
City officials and members of the community are looking feverishly to fund the recently closed homeless shelter Bread and Jams.Bread and Jams was located at 50 Quincy St., in the basement of the Swedenborg Chapel, before closing up on March 25. The nonprofit serviced more than 200 clients annually to create a safe drop-in environment where they could get rest, obtain food and enjoy a social environment.Operated by Eliot Community Human Services, ...
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Just because I want to help does not mean that it is easy.

For example, take the case of Glenn Ford, who was recently released from Angola after 30 years on death row for a crime he did not commit. I just heard on the BBC that that he was released with just a $20 debit card, and his lawyers put together an Amazon wish list so that others can help him out...

http://www.thewire.com/national/2014/03/glenn-ford-released-after-30-years-on-death-row-has-an-amazon-wish-list/359583/

http://www.amazon.com/wishlist/3CAMN7VCY24N6/ref=sr_1_1_acs_wl_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1397748283&sr=8-1-acs

I went over to the wish list and was about to buy the refrigerator, when I noticed the shipping, and that it would be shipped from Canada. So instead, I am sending a message to the Louisiana Public Defender Board to see if they can find a local fridge, because shipping one several thousand miles is inefficient and unenvironmental.

Hopefully someone with the LPDB will get on this...

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Hello, I heard about Glenn Ford's Amazon wish list on the BBC, and then located it online. I am interested in helping, perhaps with a refrigerator, but I notice that the one on the wish list is being shipped from Canada. I am an environmentalist, and I shipping a fridge from Canada is not an effective use of resources.

There must be a way to get a used refrigerator locally, and if you can find one and set me up with the details of the vendor, I will be glad to buy it for Mr. Ford.

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Glenn Ford needs an ironing board, some pajamas, and luggage. Ford, 64, has spent the past 30 years on death row for a crime he didn't commit.
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Dan Wachtell, the opening paragraphs of your note remind me of a topic that I've never gotten around to posting about, whether laws against physical violence should be relaxed to legalize acts that cause only minor or ephemeral harm.

Take, as a simple example, an open-palmed slap to the face. 

Such an act typically causes ephemeral physical pain, and possibly emotional pain that may or may not last longer.

Contrast that with "FUCK YOU". In many contexts, it is easy to see how the act of saying "FUCK YOU" to a person can cause longer-lasting harm than a slap would.

What is the logic, then, behind making one act illegal while allowing the other?

I would argue that sanctions should be based on harms, both real and probably, and that a slap is an act that can be expected to cause only ephemeral harm, and usually does so, and thus should be legally allowed.

And to not get bogged down in the specifics of slapping versus cursing, I'll point out that any person should easily be able to come up with myriad examples of physically violent acts, presently illegal, that cause LESS harm than acts of speech.
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Jews in the eastern Ukrainian city of Donetsk were handed leaflets ordering them to register with the new self-proclaimed pro-Russian leadership, according to an Israel-based organization that monitors
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http://www.nytimes.com/2014/04/17/business/when-liking-a-brand-online-voids-the-right-to-sue.html

Insidious.

"General Mills, the maker of cereals like Cheerios and Chex as well as brands like Bisquick and Betty Crocker, has quietly added language to its website to alert consumers that they give up their right to sue the company if they download coupons, “join” it in online communities like Facebook, enter a company-sponsored sweepstakes or contest or interact with it in a variety of other ways."
The food company General Mills added language to its website to alert customers that they cannot take legal action against the company if they download coupons, enter a contest or connect with it in other ways.
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Shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday, a 19-year-old in a hoodie and baggy jeans was captured on a grainy black-and-white surveillance video urinating into a reservoir that slakes the thirst of Portland, Ore.’s 600,000 or so residents. (Cue the disgusted “Ewwwwwwwws!” right here.)
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http://voices.suntimes.com/news/sick-of-web-comments-us-too-heres-what-were-doing-about-it/

Something troublesome here.

According to Newman (in a BBC interview), when the site first started requiring commenters to be identified, such as with FB, the quantity of bad comments diminished, but after some time, it was discovered that some people resumed posting vitriol, not caring that others could see who they were.

I've been contending for years that eliminating anonymity would dramatically cut down on horrible online behaviour. I hope that what Newman reports is not significant.
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